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OF 1890 AND 1900, 





Menry Coggeshall Sladding, 



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Contents, 3 

Incentive for the Mrst circnlar, 5 

Gladding family reunion — the proposition, 9 

The committee chosen 11 

Circular No. 2 12 

The day and the hall 14 

The exhibit : portraits, photographs, pictures, etc., 14-15 

Badge 15 

Coat of arms, 16 

Social greeting, ; 17 

Dinner, menu, 18 

Order of exercises, post prandial, 19 

Opening address, by judge Gladding, 20 

Address of welcome, b}^ Philip Coyle, president Bristol town council, 24 

Remarks by lieutenant governor Wm. T. C. Wardwell 26 

Sketch of the Gladding family in Ashtabula co., O., by judge Henry 

A. Gladding 27 

Address of Henry L. Gladding. Albany. N. Y 29 

Poem, "'In the Old Rhode Island Days," by Hezekiah Bntterworth,. . 34 

Poem, by Xancy C. Gladding-Beebe 37 

Historic Sketch of the seven Johns, 41 

'•The New Crusade," 51 

Reminiscences of the family, by Annie Waldron Dana. Warren, R. I.. 53 
Thirteen reasons for holding a family reunion, by judge Albert F. 

Gladding, of Norwich. N. Y., ./.. . . 55 

Letters of regret, and telegrams, from Charles F. Gladding F. G. 

Sacket, E. J. Gladding. H. T. Coates. Wm. Sheafe Chase, Chas. 

T. Cole, Chas. A. Gbidding. W. H. Fish, Nelson A. Gladding. 

Mrs. Lydia M. Gladding. Mr. and Mrs. George W. Gladding, 

Mr. and Mrs. James W. Gladding, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson A. 

Gladding. Robert R. Gladding 58-64 

Biography of Benjamin F. Gladding, 67 

Prisoners, 70 

Poem, '-Biistol." by Julia Thresher Gladding, 71 

The old Gladding house, by Atma B. Manchester, 72 

The unhewn stone monument, and inscription 77-78 

A quarternary of ••Williams." 81 

Poem, by Nancy C. Gladding-Beebe 91 

Muse, 92 




Alle<rp<l tacts;.— researclies of IJev. Wasliiii<i:toi) Gladden, of roliim- 

bus. Oliio 96 

Mary Injrrabam Gladdiiijr ^^^ 

Allen I. Ghiddinjr. 1 W 

Poem. "As Seen from .My Window." by .luliu T. Gladdintr 1"2 

Peter Glad(liii<i-; line of descent ; pateinal jri andparents; incident in 

C:\pt. Gladding's life 104-106 

Peter Gladdinjr : second part, 106 

The Providence Gladdinjrs : 

def^cendants of Jonathan 2(1. 108 

descendants of Natiianiel. senior. 101) 

Timothy Gladdinir; John J. and Geor.iie VV.. sons of i:^ Timothy, sr.. 110 

Children of John and Lydia. of Tennessee Ill 

Benjamin Gladdin*;, Ill 

The seven biothers, 112 

Gladdinir family leunion Xo. 2 113 

Tiie committee, 114 

From the Sunday Telegram. 114 

Proceedino' at the second I'ennion, I'.iOO 121 

Letters, and tel(\urams, from Pliilip H. Coyle. Frank H. Gladding, 

Robert A. (.^)ninn. I). P. Giapding, Maiy ('. liennett, Charles S. 

Gladding, Theodore O. Carr. Sarah Matilda Tompkins. Mrs. 

James H. Goddard. Jlr. and Mrs. Martin (iladding. Mrs. Wm.. 

H. Easton. Wm. II. Gladding. James F. (iladding. John S. 

Gladding. Walter M. Gladding. Nelson A. Gladding. F. G. 

Sacket. 122-124 

Poem. "Builders of Men." by llezekiah liutlerwortii 124 

List of names of those present at second reunion. 127-128 

"I'ncle" Henry's autobiography. 129 

Preparing this souvenii- 133 

(ienealogical chart of the Gladding family in .\merica, A 

Genealogical investigations by Allen I. Gladding -^ 

Signs and abbreviations. Cf 

First. Second, Third. Fourth generations G 

Fourth and Fifth generations. (r 

Sixth generation I 

The Joseph branch /> 

S<vciiih generation. ^^ 

Bristol family ^^ 

Seven brothers. -^ 

William bramb. 

Jonathan branch ^ 

Joseph branch Q 

Eiglith generation. S 


Bristol branch, S 

New Haven, Conn., V 

Bristol famil)', ; V 

William branch. Y 

Jonatiian branch, Z 

Timotliy of Jonathan branch, a 

Joseph branch, a 

Ninth generation, c 

Chenango, N. Y., family, c 

John branch, c 

Descendants of the seven brothers, John branch • e 

Albany. N. Y., f 

Windsor, Ashtabula co., O.. o- 

Bristol family, o- 

William branch h 

Jonathan branch, h 

Joseph branch, i 

Tenth generation, j 

John branch, ; j 

Pennsylvania family, k 

California family, k 

Descendants of the seven brothers. John branch, k 

Ashtabula co., O., 1 

Bristol, K. I. , 1 

Eleventh generation, 1 

John branch, 1 

Genealogical Chart, m 

Tenth generation, t 

Later information, u 

The Gladding name in tiie lirst city directorv of Providence, R. I.,.. . . v 




The incentive for tiie first circular. 

Re-uiiioii )::oposed. 

The coriiiiiirtce ("lioseii. 

Day and hall described. 

The exhibit. 

Bad<i;e.s and coat of aims. 

Social jfreetinii informal ":atherino:. 

Grand dinner — Jiul;,''e Albeit F. Gladdinji' called to preside. 

Post-prandial exercises. 

Henuu-ks by Jiidue Albert F. Gladding. 

Welcome by Philip II. Coyl. jjresident of Bristol tow u conncil. 

Remarks by Lient.-Gov. T C. Wardwell. 

Sketch of the Gladding- family in Ashtabula Co.. O.. by Henry A. Glad- 
diniT. of Windsor. O. 

Paper by Henr\' L. Gladdiny, of Albany, N. Y. 

Poem. Old Rliode Island Days, by Hezekiah Bntterworth, of Boston, 
editor of Youth's Companion. 

Poem b\' Nancy C. Giaddiny-Beebe. of Norwich. N. Y. 

Historic sketch of the 7 Jolins, by Henry t oii>ieshall Gladding, of Provi- 
dence, read by Annie Waldron-Dama. 

Reminiscences of the family, by A. Waldion Dama. of Warren. 

Historic poetry, by .loini Gladding Ciiase. of Pi-ovidence. 

Tliirteen reasons for iiolding a fimiiy reunion, by Judge Albert F. Glad- 
ding, of Norwich, N. Y. 

Reading letters of regret, by .Miss Wiliielmina E. (Cladding, of Bristol. 





A cause that will unite the descendants of a common ancestor 
is commendable. A reunion tends to l)iing about this result inas- 
much as it livings together a goodly number of peoi^Ie of one blood, 
and bearing the same name. In a gathering of this kind, a pleas- 
urable fraternization at once springs up, creates a union and con- 
centration of thought and action, and stimulates a laudable pride in 
their common name — a desire to elevate each member — to banish, at 
least for the present, any unpleasantness that may exist in the fam- 
ily. It is a fruitful source for renewing old acquaintances, reviving 
former family ties, and also for making i)leasurable new acquaint- 
ances, for at such gatherings thev leaiii their true relations one to 
another. Grandfather's old bil)le, scraps of poetry, many old let- 
ters, and relics that have so quietly rested in the old red chest, well 
covered with (bist in the garret, are brought out, and their contents 
well studied. Such information, at a reunion, Itronght together by 
various members, becomes veiy inteiesting and |)i'otitable, and tends 
to unite. '•'•Blood is tliicker than water." "'In union there is 

These matters being so, why should there not be a call sent out 
for a reunion of the Gladding family? — and thus give oi)portunitj 
for all who wished and could to visit the place and graves of their 
ancestors? — the beautiful Narragansett, and view the shores of its 
headlands, its numerous islands, bays and harbors, especially Bristol 
harlior and town, founded in IG.SO, in which our forefathers took so 
lively an interest, l)locked off in eight-acre lots, like a checkcr-l)oar<l 
and divided by broad streets eighty feet wide, and designed by the 
founders to reach from shore to shore east to west, and north to 
south the length of the town. One sees the wisdom and forethought 
of those noble minded men on every hand : the many miles of trees 

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that wc'iv phinted so many yciirs ago, whose gigantic arms now ^ 

arcade those broad streets, producing an enchanting scene, with the > 

wai-ni rays of the sun phaying hopee]) witii those favored ones who ► 

I'ide oi' wnlk these shaded avenues, so broad as to afford room v 


foi' lon^ stiip> of bright green between tiie carriage drive and tlie 
sidewalk. The happy variety of ancient and modern structures, all 
well preserved, and suri'ounde(l with nl)undance of vegetation, 
closely sh:iven lawns, hammocks and swings, shaded seats, flowers 
and fruit, vine covcicd verandas.* meet the eye from every direction. 

I would th;it I had tiie wit and wisdom, the time and space, to 
do justice to this grand old town, the American ancestral home of 
all the Gladdings on this side of the great Atlantic. For here can 
be seen, on eveiy hand, the streets, the land tmd water, traces of 
their handiwork. No sooner were the Mount Hope lands open to 
the white settler than our first ancestor secured lands for a home, 
and in KJSO renii)\-eil his family from the Plymouth country, where 
he had spent some twenty years of his life in this western world. 
Tradition reports he moved his family and all his effects in a small 
vessel, and landi'd on the [nojection of rock in the south i)art of tiie 
town fonncily calU'it Toint Comfort, and later called the Love Rock. 
I think it (piite prol)abh; Mr. (Madding purchased the lands adjacent 
to this point. Tiie old (iladding windmill that stood just near the 
point, and those lands thereabouts, were owned by the Gladdings all 
through the 17th century, and the widow of the late James N. Glad- 
ding still owns and occni)ies the central portion of that square. Mr. 
John (jladding. the settler, spi'ut the balance of his days there, 
(deceased April "iTlh. 1727, aged 85 years.) and so did many of liis 
descendants ; the lirst liorn of the live succeeding generations tilled 
there their allcjtted days here, and the liristol bniial grounds still 
hold their remains. 

Those who have removed to various parts must liave alwaj's 
maintained a strong love for their native town, and ti'ansmitted the 
same to their children. My parents weie both born here. My 

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Now, from tlicso .ctreet.«. tlie <?eese are gone; > 

Not so the ^drls ! ,[ 

For nianv still our homes adorn. > 

The onions rare ! > 

A Ah3-esl their odorous presence ^ 

Fills all the air. "^ 



father Benjamin, son of John G., ray mother Mahitable, danghter of 
James Coggeshall, and son of Newly, all of the Nanows. My pa- 
rents commenced their mariied life in Bristol 1815. They removed 
to central New York where I was horn 1827. There the first twenty 
years of my life were spent. Since 1847 I have been a resident of 
Rhode Island. 

In former years when Bristol wharves were groaning under the 
great burden of all manner of merchandise, white winged vessels 
went forth to all parts of the world, to return with fresh cargoes of 
oil, sugar and molasses, and all manner of merchandise. It was 
then the (Jladdings were the more numerous for they were always 
most largely identified with maritime interests, as merchants or sail- 
ors. With the decline of the shipping interest the Gladdings sought 
homes in the west. At the present there are but few families to 
bear the name. All these circumstances combined was a strong in- 
centive for calling a reunion. 



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Five hundi-etl circulars, prnposiDg a retuiion of the descendants 
of Mr. John (iladding, were pi'inteil and ready for circulation in the 
early part of 1890. Much e.ire jind labor were taken to get this 
circular before every individual throughout the whole country who 
was in any wa}- connected with the family by blood or marriage. A 
fidl week's time was taken to canvass the city of Providence only. 
And every party in any way known to be connected with the family 
was personall3' interviewed by tlu writer. In this way a wide range 
of names and post otHce addresses was obtained, with other valuable 
information concerning the family. 

The proposition met with general favor. 

[First circular.] 




of the 

Gladdicg Family, 




To Tin: Descendants of JOHN GLADDING: 

John Gladding came to this country about KiGO, wlien a mere 
lad, singly and alone. He located in the Plymouth colony and lived 
there about twenty years. After the King Phillip war, which opened 
the Mount Hope lands to white settlers, he removed thither, with a 


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^ wife and four children, and assisted in fonndiiio" tlie town of Bristol. 
Tlu'V were one of the first white families. He was one of the 7G 
electors at the fn-st town meeting, in September, 16'S1. He was born 
in KUO. 

It is proposed to hold n reunion of his descendants, in honoi- of 
his "irjOth birth-year, the coming 'Tuly or August, at IJristol, the 
Gladdings' American ancestral home. 

The occasion will not only be a social gathering of kindred and 
friends, but will have for an object, as well, the organization of a 
Society for the purpose of perpetuating the family name and further 
advancing the well kept genealogical records handed down to us b}- 
our illustrious ancestors, and the collection of such papers and mate- 
rial as relate to the Gladding family. 

[We will state, for tlie ii)forin;itii)n of any tiiat may not know, that we 
can point out very correctly tiie localiry of the (Iwelliiins and <iraves of the 
fn-sr born of seven jfenerations in true sneeession, all residents of Bristol, 
and each named Jolin. Any member of tlie familv, and probably anyone 
of tlie name of Gladdinii'. who can nivc the name of tlieir i)ar('nts and 
jrrand parents, may have tiicir <^enealoyv traced back for two hundred and 

tiftv vears 1 

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' All bearing the name of Gladding, or those in any way cou- 

nected with them by blood or marriage, are urgently and respectfully 
invited to participate. At this early date it is impossible to decide 
upon an}' exact order of exercises, l)ut it is needless to say they will 
be both interesting and enjoyable. (We will venture to sa}' there 
will probal)ly be a clambake after the order of our forefathers.) 

You are earnestly and respectfully requested to forward your 
name at once, to secure further information whenever the final 
arrangements are perfected. 

It is felt that many re[)resentatives of the family throughout the 
country will not fail to liecome interested, and suggestions are both 
expected and solicited. 

In the issue of this circular it is desired to remeinl)er all, l)ut 
man}' omissions will doubtless occur. Any such reported will re- 
ceive prompt attention. 


'J lIoj)pin St., rrovidence, R. I. > 

I The circular proposing a reunion was being cordially received. 

^ The Hon. F. F, Gladding, meml)er of the Bristol town council, (who 


f is a nieml)er of the Wardwell Lumber Co.. Bristol,) and his sister t 
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i' Wilhelmina E. Gladding, (book-keeper in the same concern,) child- ^ 

^, ren of Capt. John A. C. Gladding whose nnmber in the Gladding y 
^ records is 45 of the 8th generation, showed a heart}' interest in the ► 
matter. The cousins of Providence, Wairen, Bristol and Newport 
were invited to attend a meeting to be held June "28, 1890, at num- 
ber 285 P'riendship stieet, Providence, nt the house of cousin Walter 
E. Gladding, son of Abraham S. Gladding, of the 7lh generation, 
number 101. At this gathering there was a cordial exchange of 
thought on the subject, the best manner to proceed, &c. It was de- 
cided to a[)point a committee, and to further advance the cause it 
was deemed best to have a committee that could represent several 
places where a number of Gladdings resided, at least so far as we 
knew at that time. The committee was chosen, as follows : 


Henry L. Gladding, Albany, N. Y. ; number 51 of the 7th generation, 
E. F. Gladding, Bristol, R. I. ; son of Capt. J. A. C. Gladding, 

number 45 of the 8th generation ; 
J. Howard Manchester, Bristol, son of Mary J. Gladding-Manchester, 

number 19 of the 7th generation ; 
Wilhelmina E. Gladding, Bristol, sister of F. F. Gladding; 
William O. Gladding, Newport, son of Peter, number 89 of the 7th 

generation ; 
Henry Coggeshall Gladding, Providence, number 20, 8th generation, 
Benjamin C. Gladding, Providence, 95, 6th generation ; 
William H. Gladding, Providence, son of Abraham S., number 101, 

7th generation ; 
Daniel W. Gladding, Warren, son of Henry W., number 94 of the 

7th geneiation. 

At a subsequent meeting, held at cousin J. Howard Manchester's 

< office, Bristol, H. C. Gladding was chosen chairman. The Circular 

< No. 2 was decided on ; also the badge and its formula, the plan for j 
i providing a dinner for the occasion, the time and ()lace for holding 

|, the reunion, &c. 




Ciiciil;ii' Nt'. 2. 



of tlie 

Gladdigg Family, 



To Tin: I)i:sri:M,ANTs of JOHN (JLADDIXd 


At :i nu'etinji; of (lesccii(liiiits of John Gladdinti. tlie liist (ihiddiiiir 
wlio seUlc'(l ill this coiiiUry, hcdd in response to circular niimlter one, 
proposing a reunion in honor of his 2o()th l»irth-ye:ir, a eoniniittee 
of airangenients was appointed, who are heartily in s^'nipalhy with 
the undertakintj;. and coidially invite ;dl beaiing the name of Olad- 
<ling, or those in any way connected with tluni by blood <jr maniage, 
to partiei|)ate. 

For literary entertainment at the reunion we depend wholly upon 
the talent in the family. We trust modesty will not deprive the re- 
union of any intellectual treat. Being comparatively strangers to 
each other, a general invitation is given for contributions in prose (»r 
verse, to be read, or for oratory. Music should not be forgotten. 
It is hoi)ed none will lie liackward about notifying the committee at 
an early date of their willingness to help in this matter. The com- 

QTommittcc of ^^vvuujjcmcuts^ 

Providence, R. I. 

Newport, R. I. 

Albany, N. Y. 





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BristoL R. L 

Providence, R. I. 

BristoL R. I. 

Providence, R. I. 

Warren, R. I. 

BristoL R. I. 


i mittee should be fully advised, that they may arrange a programme 
^ for the day's entertainment. 

I Members of the family who, from physical debility, or otherwise, 

^. may be unable to attend, are respectt'idly invited to forward letters 
or papers to be read on the occasion. Those having letters or 
l)apers the product of their ancestors, genealogical family matter, 
l)ortraits, or other relics of interest, are requested to bring or send 
them. They will be properl}' displayed. 

The time and place for the reunion have been fixed for Aug. 27th, 
1890, at Bristol, R. I. A dinner will be served in the hall or 
grounds wliere the reunion is lield. A neat souvenir badge will also 
be provided. 

That the committee may know how many to provide for the en- 
closed blank is sent for you to till out and retiu-n l)y the 20th of 
August, to the chairman of the committee, H. C. Gladding, 9 Hop- 
pin street, Providence, R. I. 

The badge will be furnished at cost — about 25 cents ; the dinner 
will not exceed $1.00. 

As the family is quite numerous, and scattered, it is quite possible 
that some members bearing other names than Gladding may l)e over- 
looked. It is earnestly requested that such names be forwarded to 
the committee bj- their friends, in order that there may be as few 
omissions as possible. 

It is hoped that all who can will avail themselves of the opportu- 
nity to visit the beautiful old town of Bristol, the Gladdings' ances- 
tral home. The great Humboldt, who had traversed all lands, dwelt 
with enthusiasm on Narragansett Bay, calling it the ''Eden of Amer- 
ica," and those who are delighted with the celebrated Grecian archi- 
pelago find it impossible to withhold their admiration from this 
equally enchanting spot, where a dav of great enjoym Mit m ly be 
found if all the interest is taken that should be in the matter. 

Henry L. Gladding, Albany, 
F. F. Gladding, Bristol, 

J. Howard Manciikster, " 
CommiUee Wilhelmina E. Gladding, " 

of Wm. O. Gladding, Newport, 

Arrangements. Henry C. Gladding, Providence, 
Benjanin C. Gladding, " 
Wm. H. Gladding. " 

? Daniel AV. Gladding, Warren. 





The badge of tlie eommitlee was ').', by 2}, inches in size, on 
scarlet, witli a square one inch wide, in white satin, immediately 
under the top binding, and is bound with gold cord. On this square 
is i)iinled, in gold letters. Committee of Arrangements, otherwise 
the same as the badges of the guests. 

The formula of this Coat of Arms and Herald has come down to 
this date bv tradition. I arranged it in this form. It raav be wide 
of the mark : it might have had more embellishments ; some of the 
characters may be in a wrong position ; it ma}' be the doves should 
have been represented as at rest, &c. 

From my earliest recollection this coat of arms had in it a scol- 
lop shell and two doves. This iiiluiination has come down through 
the oldest sons to John 1st of the 7th generation, the lion's paw es- 
pecially through the Daniel (and Susie Wardwell) (iladding family, 
number 5 of the oth generation, and their youngest daughter, Patty, 
number 29. (ith generation, who was my wife's mother, to whom I am 
indebted for much of my information concerning the family. 

The affair may now properh' belong to the maternal side since 
all the (iladdings we know of are the direct descendants of Uzell 
Wardell, now spelt Wardwell. and this family claims very similar 
herald, and the two families have been considerably mixed. 



We think vtirious members of the American Gladding family, who 
are interested in heraldic researches, will not only find pleasure but 
benefit by a careful study of the following, inasmuch as it proves our 
right to the Cavendish family coat of arms. 

The following matter was copied from ''Burke's Peerage," p. 400. 


Arms: vSa, lliree l)ucks' heads, cabc^shed, arg. 
Crest, a serpent, nowed, i)pr. 
Suporless, two bucks, ppr. each wreathei] around the neck with 

a cliaplet of roses, alternately arg. and az. 
Motto, Cavendo tutus. 



In our copy we begin with that matter relating to Sir John Caven- 
dish. Be it not supposed, that their remote ancestors were obscure. 

Whether the first of the name who enjoyed the lordship of Caven- 
dish, in Suffolk, was, or was not the son of the baronial family of 
Germon, whom genealogists have stated to have owned that estate, 
it is clearly ascertained that Sir .John Cavendish, who ac(iuired the 
lordship of Cavendish Overhall, by his marriage with Alice, daugh- 

ter of and heiress of John de Od^ynorscles, was chief justice of the 
Court of the King's Bench in 1366-1373-i377. in the 4th Richard II. 
(His lordship was elected chancellor of the university of Cambridge, 
and next year commissioned, with Robert de Hall, treasurer of Eng- 
land, they to suppress a rebellion headed by Wat Taylor, &c., &c.) 

It is evident that Burke's Sir John and the Sir John mentioned in 
the article or matter found by Dr. W. Gladden, at the British Muse- 
um, are one and the same person. 

By comparing the above matter from Burke with that in the Glad- 
ding Book, pp. 97-9, it will be seen how, and why, we claim Burke's 
Sir John in the line of our ancestors. 

Burke has several [jages of interesting matter concerning the Cav- 
endish family, but he mentions none named Cavendish more lemote 
than Sir John, the esq. of king Riehaid II's house, 1366-67-68. He 
was born about 1300. There is an evident mistake on page 99. 12th 
line, that makes .Sir John's great uncle James ^but 20 years younger 
than his grandfather. With date 1305 corrected, say to 1350, all 
dates in both articles will fairly agree. 

The surname Cavendish began with Sir John's grandfather, and 
the surnames Gladesfer, Gladding, and the other similar names, were 
first used by Sir John's grandson, and his immediate descendants. 

From all these matters and facts appears plainly the blood- 
line of descent from the Montpickets. Germons, Cavendish, Glades- 
fer and the Gladwin, Gladdon, Gladden, Gladding, Glading, Gladen, 
&c. Concerning heraldry, we see no reason why these "Glad" fam- 
ilies of this date should not, if they so choose, use the Cavendish 
Arms, simply for embellishing their cards, envelopes, monograms, or 
matters connected with family reunions, &c. 

•Uncle" kENRY. 
No. 9, Hoppin St., Providence, R. I. 



The severity of the storm in the early morning prevented many 
from taking the first trains. Tliis contracted the day's doings into a 
shorter space of time than was desirable. For this or some other 
reason all seemed bent on making the most of the time. 

With each new ai rival 

Thej- gathered aroiiiid the door 

And tuned up louder tli.iii bctore. 

The scenes that filled the fii)ace of time from the first arrival to 
the grand dinner, however, most truly beggars description. One 
should have been i)resent to witness and participate in this hearty 
and pleasant filial fraternization of this grand comijany of cousins 
to fully appreciate this very enjoyable occasion, and comprehend the 
good accomplished, for in this gathering kindness and brotherly love 
prevailed. Here new faces were seen for the first time ; and many 
were the pleasurable acquaintances formed that will last as long as 
life shall endure. Here was a gathering where cold, stately formality 
had no place, and nnitual filiation became general, and the whole 
affair was very animating. Here were the fathers and mothers, the 
sisters and the brothers, the cousins, '-their uncles and their aunts," 
gathered together from various |)aits of the country. 

Of course many were total strangers, while others were compar- 
atively so. A common desire was to know who each was, and where 
from, and to what branch of the family they belong, and how con- 
nected. In this matter the old genealogical chart played a very im- 
portant pai t. 

There were none present bearing the name of Gladding who 
could not be easily traced directly back to John the settler. Manj' 
were eager listeners, while those who could impart knowledge were 
full of zeal. Every moment was fully occupied. 1 feel sure all the 
parties who were piesent will agree with me in saying this occasion 
will long be remembered with pleasure. 

The fore part, or informal gathering, was exceedingly amusing. 
< The man}' pleasant and quaint expressions, in questions and answers 
|; where all were talking, and exceeding social, with the shaking 
|; hands, &c., and forming new acquaintances, asking and learning 
j' who this or that was, and how connected, and where from, and of 
those who had gone to their last resting place, and those still living, 




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and who were innrried, and of a thousand and one other matters 
in all this ! One listening to this or that little knot would hear such 
expressions as, ''Well, now I is that so?" "I never would have 
thought it." '•'Why, how much you look like your father 1 (or 
mother.") ''Do tell me now !" "Yes ; you don't say so I" "I am so 
glad to meet you I" "I never knew that before. Your mother was a 
Gladding!" "How much my father would enjoy this I Yes, indeed, 
he would." "O. liow I wish So-and-So were here I" ''I think the 
Gladding stock is on the rise." ikQ.. &c. One old lady from the 
south part of the state said, "Well there, I never knew the Glad- 
dings were such good people before. I'm going home and tell my 
husband, John Gladding, what a wonderful folks the Gladdings are, 
for I never knew it before, and 1 don't believe he does." 


About 2 p. VI. the doors were thrown open to the banquet hall. 
The National Band Orchestra, of Providence, welcomed the guests 
with music — "America" — 

My country I "tis of thee. 
Sweet land of Liberty I 
Of tliee we sing. 

Gelb & Norton, caterers, of Providence, had prepared for about 
two hundred. All)ert F. Gladding, (surrogate judge of Chenango 
county, N. Y.,) called the assembly to order, and the Divine blessing 
was invoked by Hezekiah Butterworth, (editor of Youth's Compan- 
ion.) The cousins weie then invited to partake of the viands spread 
l)efore them, of which the following is the 


Cold Chicken. 
Cohl H:im and Tongue. 
Kolls. Butter. Pickles. 
Chicken Salad. 

Lobster Salad. 

Variety of Ice Creams. Sherbets. 

Assorted Cakes. 

Coffee and Lemonade. 



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Director of Exercises, Judge Albert F. Gladdinof, of Norwicli, N. Y. 
Opening' address, by tlie Director of exercises. 

Address of welcome, liy Hon. Philip H. Coyle. president of the Bristol 

Town Council. 

Music: Piano solo, II Trovatore, Verdi, by Hattie Manchester, grand- 
dausfhter of Martha I. number IS, 7th generation. 

Remarks by Lieut(>nant Governor Wm. T. C. Wardwell, of Bristol, R. I. 

Sketch of the Gladding family of Ashtabula Co., O., by Judge Henry A. 

Gladding, of Windsor, O. 

Music: Overture. La Flandi-e. 

Address by Henrj' L. Gladding, of Albany, N. Y. 

Poem. Old Rhode Island Days, by Ilezekiah Butterworth. of Boston, editor 
of Youths' Companion, grandson of Susan, number 2S, Gth generation. 

Poem, by Nancy C. Gladding-Beebe, of Norwich, N. Y. 

Historic sketch of the 7 Johns, by Henry Coggeshall Gladding-, read by 
Mrs. Annie Waldron-Dana, of Warien. 

Music: March, Philadelfus. 

Poetry, by John Gladding Chase, son of Lucretia, number 11, Gth gener- 

Reading letters of regret, by Wilhelmina E. Gladding, of Bristol. 

Thirteen reasons for holding a Reunion, by Judge Albert F. Gladding. 

Music: Auld lang s^'ue, sung by the entire assemblage of cousins. 




Ladies and Oknti.emen, Relatives and Kindred : 

I acknowledge 1113' appreciation of the disliuclion and honor of 
being selected to preside over this assembly, so largelj' representa- 
tive of the Gladding farail}'. 

It has been suggested to aie that in starting the literary part of 
this feast — ''The feast of reason and flow of soul." — that it should 
be done b}- a short speech from your chairman. 

I enter upon the performance of the duty assigned me with trepi- 
dation and yet with that obedience expected from the younger child 
of a large family when commanded by the older members. 

There are many serious thoughts and suggestions, engendered by 
this interesting occasion which will, doubtless, upon due reflection, 
take sufflcientl}' definite form to admit of expression ; but for the 
present I will only dare to give utterance to those lesser and lighter 
ideas which naturally, — after a good dinner, — bubble up to the sur- 
face of the well-spring of thought, expecting that those more worthy 
of deliverance, will take possession when we are carrying away with 
us the remembrance of this meeting, and this dinner, and its attend- 
ant inspirations, and when memory is struggling to recall the faces 
which we have met here, and were glad to meet, but may never meet 
again. And when we part I trust we will all take with us a senti- 
ment akin to tliat found in a line from the poet Burns. 
••To live ill hearts ye leave behind is not to die.'" 

Before proceeding further I wish to express an o[)inion, which I 
believe will be found universal among us, viz., that our unstinted 
giatitude is due to those among us who conceived the idea of this 
reunion, and worked it up with unflagging zeal, much labor and 
doubtless considerable expense: and also to the committee of 
arrangements who have so well cont lived to make us all comfortable 
and happy, and to crown this affair with that success which it would 
be impossible, at this stage, to take from it. .[, 

I shall be glad to entertain a motion, before we separate express- | 
ive of our thanks to those to whom we arc so much indebted for the > 
i>leasure of this occasion. 

I have an Aunt who lives with me and who bears the honored * 
name of Gladding, by virtue of having been the wife, now the j2 


widow, of my late Uncle, John A. Gladding of Albany-, N. Y. ; and 

this Annt claims to have considerable knowledge as to the peculiari- 

^ ties and characteristics of our clan, derived from the life which she 

"' has passed with us. I have heard her state, (as though it were an 

indisputable proposition,) that there was never a Gladding yet but 

what was cross when he was hungry, and that the surest way to 

. reach the heart of a Gladding was via. the palate and the stomach ; 

that she became imbued with this idea when she lived with my Uncle 

and that it had become a settled conviction with her since she lived 

with me. 

If this be true, (and I am not disposed to deny it) and if the 
opposite of the proposition is equally true, what a good natured party 
we ought to be and are at present. We may he said to be like Bar- 
num's Happ}- Family, happ3- because we are well fed. The fox and 
the goose, the serpent and the hen, the rabbit and the dog, were 
hap[)y together because they were well fed ; but remove the liberal 
supply of food and the ferocity of their animal natures would quickly 
return to them. I do not anticipate any dissensions in this famil}' 
for a like reason at present. 

As I passed through the states of Massachusetts and Connecticut 
on my way to the sea coast a few weeks since, (I mention only Mass- 
achusetts and Connecticut because it would not be in good taste to 
speak disparagingly of a state whose hospitality we are so richly en- 
joying at this time) and as I looked upon the unreclaimed hills, the 
un3'ielding rocks and the sterile aud unproductive soil, I thought that 
perhaps, the fates and fortunes of this family might have been diff- 
erent if our ancestors, whose 250th l)irthd;iy we now celebrate, in- 
stead of landing on Bristol Neck, had sailed down the Atlantic coast 
and around Cape Sable and the Florida Reefs into the gulf of IMex- 
ico and thence to the "•Father of A'V^aters" and up that clear and 
placid stream to where it is joined by the muddy waters of the Mis- 
souri, and had there landed upon that fertile soil, the garden of the 
world, from whence his progeny had spread north, south, east and 
west. It is possible that our more immediate ancestors instead of 
i being tillers of the soil, fishermen and rope makers, might have 
\ been wealthy ranchmen with innumerable acres of productive land 
] and whose cattle, with their countless hoofs, could be found roaming 
 over the vast productive plains of the west, supplying the markets of 
i the world with beef. Or, they might perhaps have been rich bonanza 

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inininij; kinos, reaping untold treasure from the inexlianstible mines 
of ijold and silver upon either side of the RocUn- Mountains. Oi-, 
they iniiiht have been the founders and chief owners of some of those 
uuirvellous western cities that have sprung into existence during the 
last decade and in population have already reached a hundred 
thousand souls. 

Undoubtedly, accident as to i)lace of l)irth, lucky positions, fortu- 
itous circumstances have much to do with individual progress and 
advancement in this life. But as I look into the intelligent and 
retlned faces of this well-fed, well dressed, contented and happy 
assembly of friends and kindred, I feel that we have no just reason 
to complain, — that our lot and lines and lives have, after all, been 
cast in pleasant places, and we thank Iliin '-Whose hand holds the 
earth and its waters in the hollow thereof" that we are not so far 
scattered over the face of the earth but that we have been able, so 
many of us, to meet here at this time on this beautiful spot in this 
ancient and historic town, hallowed and made sacred by the lives and 
the immortal dust of those to whom we owe our being, and to have 
our hearts warmed by looking into the eyes and clasping the hands 
of so many connected by consanguinity or aflinit}', b}- blood and 
love. And we ouijht not to forget that while we mav not have in- 
herited from our ancestors ranches, mines, or much wealth of an\- 
kind, yet that they have handed down to us, their children's children, 
the richest legacy that man can leave to man. the memory of a good 
name and the inheritance of a good exami)le. 

An eminent historian and philosopher has stated that the perma- 
nency, prosperit\- and progress of all governments is due to the 
middle classes. Tiuit when the people of any country become 
divided into two classes, when tlic line of demarkation between the 
rich and the poor, tlu' liigh and the low becomes distinct, and all the 
people may be found upon the one side or the other and the middle 
classes are extinct, then the foundations of society and the govern- 
ment itself speedily- decays and falls to pieces. In this connection 
I wish to allude to a saying of my Father's, oftentimes repeated in 
my hearing, to the etfect, that lie never knew a Gladding wlio was a 
drunkard, that he never knew of one that got into jail and but very 
few that got into office which is next to the same thing, that he never 
knew one that was very rich nor yet one that was so very poor, that 
he never knew one against whom an execution was returned unsat- 


isfied or who failed to pay his debts. I take it that these things are 
substantially trne, and they seem to be verified by this assemblage. 
I believe that our people — the Gladdings — as a rnle ai'e neither very 
rich nor very poor; that they occupy the iiiiddK' and better ground of 
the human family and may fiiirly be reckoned among the most, useful 
and happiest of earth's inhabitants. They are generally to be found 
in favor of the execution of law, of the preservation of order, of the 
maintenance of right, of the administration of justice. They are 
steadfast, conservative, true to the best interests of society, the salt 
of the earth. Not much of a philosopher or reasoner is he who has 
not already divined that riches and wealth are but a poor insignia of 
happiness in this life. On the contrary, peace of mind, contentuient 
of soul, cheerfulness of spirits, steadfastness of character, an appre- 
ciation of the beauties of nature, of the beneficence of God, love of 
country, home, kindred, wife and children, these make up the sum of 
human happiness and cannot be bought with wealth, neither are they 
the necessary accompaniments of ease and leisure. 

You will know what a pleasure it is for me to meet my kindred 
here when I tell you that a'hout all I know about the Gladding family 
I learned from my Father ; that I have I'arely ever met one bearing 
the name outside my father's family. IJeneath his roof have dwelt 
all the Gladdings I ever knew. That in a busy life I have not often 
inquired concerning them, though I am sure that as one result of this 
reunion I shall be prompted hereafter to pursue such inquiries and 
follow the fortunes of our tribe more closely. Therefore my inform- 
ation as to their large hearted hospitality, kindliness of heart, gen- 
erous dispositions and unfailing charity, has been derived from tra- 
dition and also from actual experience with the patriarch who sits 
near me, (pointing to his Father) the proud father of nine children, 
twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchihb'en, and who has 
maintained these characteristics of oui- clan, of which I have sijoken, 
from my earliest recollection down to the present moment. This tra- 
ditional charit}-, generosity and oi)enhandcd hospitality, to which I 
have alluded, is being exemplified here today in a manner which 
warms the blood of kindred and serves to cement that cordial l)ond 
of sympathy which should and does exist between those of the same 
name and same blood. 

And now since I have said a word in regard to my Father, 1 trust 
none of you will think I am too personal or trespassing too much up- 




on family relations, (for you must remember this is altogether a per- 
sonal and family nffair) if I also say a word in regard to the Mother, 
Grandmother and Great-grandinolhor, combined in the person who 
sits l>y his sicK'. Perhaps I can best illustrate a characteristic of 
hers, (which 1 would touch lightly in i)assing,) by saying, it was not 
my motliei' who s:iid to one of her daughlers on an occasion "Han- 
nah Mariah. just try that custard pic and sec if it is sour. If it is, 
we will ha\e it for supper, and if it isn't we will kci'[) it until tomor- 
row." Ni)r does she belong to that class of mothers who, when one 
of them was asked how many eggs she put into her cake, replied ''I 
put in one egg, init if I have another that is doubtful I put that in 
too." My mother always used the best that could be obtained and 
she has raised up nine sons and daughters in vigor and health, by the 
most devoted care, and there is not one of them today, though they 
all live in comfortaVde houses of their own. that will say that they 
ever sat down to a better meal in their lives than they can get any 
any day undei' the parental roof, still prepared by the deft fingers 
that never tire when doing for the children she has reared so well. 


Members and Friends oe the Gladding Family : 

This is the fust family reunion that has l)e'en held in Bristol ui)on 
so large a scale for many years, and I need not sa}' that it affords me 
great pleasure in behalf of the town to extend to every member of 
this old and honorable family a most cordial welcome to the home of 
your ancestors, and to the old town from which many of you went to 
seek wider fields, and your foitunes in various occupations. 

As 1 stand here and look over this large assemblage the thought 
occurs to me of what the fust ,b)lui (Madding would think if he could 
look upon this gathering and see the pioportions of the family at the 
present day. I believe he would feel proud of his descendants far 
beyond his power of exi)ression, and wouhl say that you had greatly 
exceeded his anticipations, and that he would heaitilv congratulate 
you upon your success, for the expression and the intelligent faces of 
this audience assure me in nuiking this statement. v 

When we think of the early days of our country, when we think of 
the toil and hardships of the early settlers, and of what little pros- , 
pect they had, and how little they could enjoy the future, and now 

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look upon our grand position as a people, unequalled by any country 
in the world, it makes one feel [)r()ud to be an American citizen, and 
proud to be the descendant of an honored race, who had to toil for 
their posterity, who have built up our country and made it what it is 

. The descendants of Jolm Ghulding have risen from the log cabin 
to high positions in science, art and literature, to positions of honor 
and trust. The poorest boy on our street below, or his descendants, 
may be a Lincoln, a Grant, or a Garfield of the future, and be en- 
titled to all the honor that can be liestowed upon liim. This glorious 
freedom and equality is what we all enjoy, and it is what has made 
it possible for us to have such a grand reunion here today ; and to 
those early settlers we must give the credit for laying the foundation. 
If I were to attempt to review wliat little historj' of the Gladding 
family I am ac(piainted with in the presence of so many heads that 
are covered with honorable grey hairs, and with so many listening to 
me who are mucii better able to relate your history than I am, it 
would only be consuming valuable time, and result in telling you 
nothing but what you all know more about than I do ; but I will say, 
from experience and personal contact, that so far as Bristol is con- 
cerned the name of Gladding stands unblemished. It is a family 
born not of ease and luxury, but composed of those good old quali- 
ties that have characterized the family from the l)eginning, turning 
with the wheels of industry to all branches of tiade and business, 
making itself felt, and liecoming a power in tlie community, and 
always in the right direction. I can do you no greater honor than 
couple the name of Gladding with industry and honest toil, for with 
that follow all other qualities that are worth preserving. 

I welcome you all today not as strangers here, foi' man}' of you, 
like myself, are natives of Bristol, and love the old town, and all of 
you have a claim upon it as the birthplace of your ancestors, and so 
the welcome extended to you in behalf of the town, is a welcome 
home. Sons and daughters, well may you enjoy the hospitality of 
your committee, who have nobly sustained the reputation of old 
Bi'istol by providing a celebration worthy of the occasion. 

The Gladding family have been prominently connected in otiicial, 

social and business positions in our town, and always with marked 

i success, filling places of lank and honor, with great credit, whether 

e it be upon our Town Councils, in public offices or private organiza- 


tions and Itusiness, we have al\v;iys heard tlie same expression of 
conlidenoe and belief in their integrity. No doubt you have lieard it 
said, Put a man in i)iiblic office if you want to learn his true charac- 
ter. Even this test has been applied to the (iladdings and the}' have 
stood it : one in [)articnhii' I will si)eal\ of. He is not with us today ; 
liut althouoh he has been laid at icst where mv words cannot reaiih 
his ears, his character remains fresh in my memory ; and that noble 
character, so strongl}- impressed upon my mind, will last forever: 
and his official acts will shine in the future and grow brighter with 
age. I refer to Peter Gladding, that faithful old servant of the 
town who filled the position of town clerk for thirty-five years, and 
to whom so many went for consultation during that long period of 
time, and always with the feeling that they were dealing with an 
honest, upright and honorable man. I can pay him no higher tribute 
than to say he was faithful to his trust, and his deeds are alive today 
with ns. 

Let me congratulate you u[)on your success, and tlie large attend- 
ance here totlay, and also those who have been instrumental in 
arranging this reunion ; and I hope every one here will live long and 
prosper, and be able to attend the next Gladding reunion, which, if 
it should occur, and be like this one, would be a great credit to the 
family', and to the town in which it is held ; toi' as I can speak for old 
Bristol today I will sa}' she is highly honored, and greets you all 
with a heartv welcome. 


Wm. T. C. VVardwcll, licuteiiuiit-^uvcrnor of the State, biMu<;- called up- 
on, responded as follows: 

Mr. Citaiuman, and Laoiks and Gentlejikx : 

It is fitting that the State shoidd be represented on such an occa- 
sion as this. 

Not many families can boast of as long line of ancestry as 30U 
that are here assembled. Your ancestors were among the first to 
settle in this state, and they and their descendants have been identi- 
fied with its growth from the year 1()40 until the present time. As 
the second among the officers of the state 1 am ulad to be with von 
(^ today ; l)ut I am still more pleased to think that I can claim a rela- 


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tionship with all the Gladdings here present. lu the year 1G93, > 
Oct. 31, John Gladding Jr., the son of the first John Gladding that 
came to Bristol, married Alice Wardwell, the danghter of Uzell 
Wardwell, who, with John Gladding, were numl)ered among those 
who founded the town in 1681. From the union of John Gladding 
Jr. and Alice Wardwell, sprang the goodly number of eleven child- 
ren, whose names and date of birth are as follows : John Gladding, 
born Sept. 1<S, 1G94; Mary Gladding, born Nov. ;50, 1G96 ; William 
Gladding, born Oct. 18, 1098; Jonathan Gladding, Jan. 5, 1701; 
Ebenezer Gladding, Dec. 8, 1702; Joseph Gladding, Oct. 2, 1704; 
Alice Gladding, March 14, 1706; Elizabeth Gladding, Sept. 13, 
1708 ; Nathaniel Gladding, Dee. 16, 1709 ; Sarah Gladding, May 27, 
1712; Sarah Gladding, May 21, 1715. 

From these children all that are here present today are descended. 
So you see, ladies and gentlemen, we are of the same blood. 

Another singular circumstance in the history of the two families 
is, that for nearly two hundred years no marriages are recorded on 
the town records as having taken place between tlie families. On 
the 24th of November, 1874, it was my good fortune to be united in 
marriage wnth Leonora Frances Gladding, a direct descendant of the 
first John Gladding that settled in Rhode Island, myself being a 
direct descendant from the first Wardwell who settled in this town in 
1680. So you see my friends that I have a right to be here today, 
not only because the same blood mingles in our veins, but because I 
have married one of your number. Let us not forget while enjoying 
the festivities of this reunion, the hardships and trials which our an- 
cestors passed through ; and let us see to it, that we leave as good a 
name to our descendants as we have had transmitted to us. 


It is indeed a pleasure to meet and t;ike by tlie hand so many of 
my friends and kindred, a pleasure that far exceeds my expectations. 

The branch of the family whom I represent are the descendants of 
my grandfather, John Gladding, who was the fifth son and seventh 
child of Josiah Gladding, who was the second son of John Gladding; ^ 
and from him we trace back, as the first son, to him whose birth we \ 
now celebrate. This John Gladding, whom you will find on our ge- A 


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nealogical charts designated as nuuiher oO, (new chart, nunil)cr 18, 
6th generation) in the 6lh generation, was bom in 17'S2, I think in 
I Conneoticnt. His father's home, at least for a time, was at Weth- 
I ersfield, Couuecticnt. He was apprenticed to a bhicksmith in Harl- 
< ford, where he learned that trade, and met Miss Mary Ritler, of East 
Hartford, whom he married in 1<S04. They migrated to Ohio, arriv- 
ing there in Ajiril, ISUC), having lieen fonr weeks on the road, pass- 
ing over the Alleghany Monntains. Their mode of conve^'ance was 
a horse team and lumber wagon, man}" of tlie immigrants going with 
oxen and cart. They settled in what is now Windsor, Ashtabnla 
Co.. on the farm, and both died in the honse in which I am now liv- 
ing, and which has been transferred only twice, from their heirs to 
my father and from him to me. There is now a pile of stone near 
the center of this farm that marks the s[)ot where their first log hut 
stood. In June, about two months after their arrival, their first 
child was boin, he being the first white male child born in Windsor. 
They endured all the privations and hardsliips incident to a poineer 
life in the unbroken forests, among Indians and wild animals, hard- 
ships and privations of which we can hardly form a conception. To 
feel the pangs of hunger was common to them and their children. 
Their clothing was of the coarsest kind, and more deficient in quan- 
tity than quality. An old neighbor told me only a few days ago, 
"Your grandfather often went to church in midwinter liarefooted, and 
the children were forced to remain home from school during that in- 
clement season or go without shoes." My father has often told me, 
as we passed a certain Held on the old Oladding farm, "Father 
cleared that field and sowed it to wheat, when I was a boy. He got 
a good crop. After that we always had all we wanted to eat." 

There were eight children boin to them, three daughters, and five 
sons all of whom grew to maidiood. and all married but one son. 
They both died in 185.") : grandmother. April "is, aged 70; grand- 
father nine days later. May 7, aged 71, both remembered to this day 
for their hospitality, — theii' many good deeds ; their amiable and 
and virtuous lives : their unfeigned piety to God ; their "inflexible 
fidelity to their trust ;" lioth active members of the M. K. church. 
There are living, of their own sons and daughters, including those by 
^ marriage, designated on our genealogical chart as the 7th generation. 
\ 6 ; of the 8th generation, ;').'); of the Dth, 10 : of the lOth. 1. One 
* of the daughters and one son died without issue, which leaves tw^o 



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I daughters and fonr sons from which the family have sprung. There > 
I are 43 descendants of the two daughters and 3!) from the four S(Mis. y 
I You will pardon nie for mentioning a few family chnracteristics. I 
<■ Their complexion is light, there being only one l)laek haired individ- ^ 
ual in the family. Politically they were all republicans. A few have 
seceded to the prohibition party. They aie not politicians although 
they have held and are holding many honorable positions of trust. 
They are mechanical and excel in the ability to turn the hand to 
almost anything, and make the most out of what the}- have ; are hos- 
pitable, jovial, — fond of social and family gatherings. 

They are mostly an agricultural people, there being one lawyer, one 
pieacher, one in oil speculation, three mechanics and six teachers. 

There is not what at the present time might be called a wealthy 
man among them : fifty thousand equaling, and perhaps exceeding 
the accumulation of any one individual. Yet all. with one exception, 
own good homes, and the average wealth is aljout two thousand dol- 
lars per capita. In almost every case the^y are financially rated 
above their actual wealth. 

Tiiey are honest, industrious, virtuous, temperate and religions. 
About half of the adults belong to the M. E. church and a few other 
denominations are represented. There never has l)eeu a drunkard, 
an illegitimate child, nor an arrest in the family. Living in a section 
said to contain the most intelligent rural population in the world, 
they are above tlie average intellectually and morally. 

There are ten graduates of colleges and other higher institutions of 
learning, and neai'ly all are taking active parts in the advancement of 

One son died in California, one family are living in Nebraska, two 
in Fenn. The balance of ihe family are living and have buried their 
dead in Ashtabula county. 


Brethren and Sisters of the (^laddinc; Family : i 

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<, I am glad that my name is Gladding. I am proud to belong to the > 

^, great family, which today meets to hold its first reunion, in this an- 
I' cient and beautiful town. I rejoice to be with yon here, to honor the 
memory of that honest and true man, .John Gladding, who in 1660 

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came to these L iiited States, as the lust rc|)resentative of the family. 
•( It is indeed good to be here, to look into 3c)ur kindly eyes, to I'eel the y 
^ grasp of your friendly hands, to listen to the hearty welcome of yonr ^ 
^ words. ^^ 

^ Although I have never before been in I>ristol, yet this is my sec- ^ 

ond visit to your state, having been in Providence once, some forty 
years a<io. I have iiovvever always claimed to be somethins: of a 
"New-Englander," from the fact, that in my boyhood, I lived for six 
years in Charlestown, Mass., immediately under the shadow of Bun- 
ker Hill monument. 

It was m\' fortune, (good or ill) to be born in "old Albany," which 
was settled as 3'ou know, the next after Jamestown, Va. Albany' 
celebrated the bi-(;entennial of its incorporation as a city in 188G, 
with great pomp and ceremony. I will not stop here to discuss the 
question, as to whether Albany is a good place to be born in, but ac- 
cording to good authority it must be a good place to die in. A pub- 
lic meeting was called in Albany some years ago to boom our munic- 
ipalit3\ Several good speeches were made in this direction by enthu- 
siastic Albanians. One of our leailing merchants, however, in a 
speech rather oveishot the mark. He had then, but recently returned 
from an extended uij) through the great West. He said that in his 
travels in the several states, he had met a large number of former 
citizens, who had become, or were becoming, prosperous. AVithout 
exception, these men all spoke very kindly of "old Albany." But 
while they all purposed to remain away to make their money, and to 
enjoy it, every man of them fully intended finally to come "back to 
Albany to die and l)e buried." 

It must be confessed that in some respects Albany is slow, yet she 
is sure ; in fact in one way she is too sure. She may always be 
counted on to vote tlie Democratic ticket straight througli. So there 
is one day in the yeai' on which I feel it a misfortune to have l)een 
born in Albany. 

These family reunions are certainly (to adopt the language of a 
voung; friend of mine) "a good thini; to liavi' in the house." Some 
years ago this young friend was a student in Piof. Anthony's Clas- 
sical Institute in our city. My young friend was naturally a bright ,>. 
boy, l)ut his early education had been much neglected. Part of the 
school work of the boys was, the wilting of compositions. Naturally * 
enough my young friend did not greatly relish this sort of literary ^ 

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^ work. So from week to week lie invented sundry excuses to evade 
i the duty. Finally, the professor told him that he must positively 
have his composition prepared by a certain day of tlie following 
week. So Boh, as we will call him, went at it. After some deliber- 
ation as to a suliject, he finally concluded to write on "Education." 
The tirst thing of course was to define the word. So he got down 
Webster's big dictionary and began to write down one after another 
the various definitions he found there, on this wise: Education : Act 
or process of educating ; result of educating in knowledge ; skill or 
discipline of character; the enlightening of the understanding ; act 
of training by course of study ; &c., &c. When he had written 
down all the definitions, he found that he had covered about three- 
fourths of a page of foolscap and concluded that he had quite a re- 
spectable composition. So to show his gratitude to the l)ig book that 
had bi-ought him through his difficulties, he wound up his composition 
with this grand fiourish : ''Education is a good thing to have in the 
house so is Webster's Dictionary." 

In my opening words, I said, I am glad that my name is Gladding. 
There is a good deal in a name, Shakespeare to the contrary notwith- 
standing. Names are significant of things. One is the sign ; the 
other ought to he the thing signified. Our Anglo-Saxon ancestors 
well understood this, and so they gave names to their children, as in- 
dicating certain qualities they desired their children to possess. Thns 
Edward means, hapi)y protector ; Egbert, the sword's brightness ; 
Edith, the happy gift; Ellen, the excellent one; Godwin, the friend 
of God ; and so on. So I suppose Gladding must have been meant 
to signify the one who makes everybody glad. I first came to see 
the significance of the name something over twenty years ago. In 
the year 1<S72 I was the General Secretary of our Young Men's 
Christian Association. Among other work sought to he accomplished 
I felt a desire to do something to awaken an interest among our peo- 
ple in the waifs of our city, the newsboys and bootblacks. So I went 
about among our citizens, and raised by subscription, a liberal sum 
to get up a supper for these neglected ones. I found plenty of peo- 
' pie ready to give, not only their money, but also their personal help, 
i to make the affair a success. We had what was then one of the 
i largest halls in the city for our purpose. When the evening came the 
^ boys were on hand, to the number of one hundred and fifty. They 
« were a shrewd, sharp, wide-awake lot, but not particular!}' cultured 




nor ref1iu'(]. Three tables were spread the entire length of the hall, ^ 
and these were loaded with just the good things to tempt the appe- > 
tites of a lot of healthy and hungry hoys. > 

Before going into the hall the boys were gathered into another y 
room, where a few kind and eainest words were said to them. They ^ 
were told that the feast for the stomach was to be preceded by an in- 
tellectual feast, of a musical and literary character. That the gov- 
ernor of the state (Gov. Hoffman) had kindly consented to come and 
speak to them. Besides this, we had engaged a full military band. 
and a fine quartette of singers to entertain them. We told them that 
it would lie necessary to place them at the tables, as thej' went into 
the hall, Init that thev were not to touch anvthing on the tables, un- 
til the order was given, which would be at the close of the literary 
exercises. The boys made the promise, and strange to sa}', tiiey 
faithfully kept it : for during all the opening exercises, lasting more 
than an hour, not a single hand was raised to touch a thing on the 
tables. The governor, made one of the best addresses that was ever 
made to a lot of boys, and the band and the vocalists were at their 
best. It was trnly a great treat, not only to the boys, but also to the 
audience who were present and looking on. AVhen the order to eat 
was given, of course the boys went at it with a will : they not only 
filled their stomachs, but also their pockets, the breasts of their coats, 
and every place where they could stow away any of the good things 
of the abundant feast. Then, there was more music ; after which the 
boys marched in single file to the door of the hall, and as they passed 
out each one received a big paper bag, filled with good things, to take 
to their families at home. One of the speakers on this intei'esting 
occasion, was the Rev. R. W. Clark, brother of Bishop Clark of 
Rhode Island. He kindly complimented the General Secretary on 
the success of the affair, and said he was glad that his name was 
Gladding. Thus, more than twenty vears ago I was first reminded 
of the significance of our family name. 

So I conclude denr friends that every man and woman who bears 
the honored name of Gladding, ought to be constantly doing all in 
their power to make people glad, to make all about them happ}-. > 
Their especial mission should always l)e. to make this world of ours >^ 
better, and wiser, and happier, 'i'hey should thus be, in the truest > 
and widest sense, imitators and follow-ers of that "Divine Man" who > 
more than eighteen hundred years ago "went about doing good ;" 




^ He who came "■not to l)e ministered unto, but to minister," and to 
give himself for the good of the human race. ', 

The sun in the heavens throws his effulgent rays upon the moon, 
luit not for the purpose of having the moon wrap herself in those ra- 
dient beams and alone enjoying that transcendant brightness ; oh, 
no, but that she in tuin may reflect those rays upon the earth and 
light up the dai'k places of the world. 80 if any blessed light shines 
into oui- hearts it is that we in tnrn may reflect that brightness into 
other hearts, and if anv of God's good oifts come into our hands, it 
is that we ma}' share those good gifts with those about us and in all 
the earth who are in need. 

The great German poet Schiller thus asks and answers the impor- 
tant question : 

What s-hall I do to <iahi eternal life? 
Discharge aright 

The simple dues witli which each day is rife? 
Yes witii til}' might. 
Ere perfect scene of action thou desire. 
Will life be fled; 

Wliih' lie wlio ever nets as conscience cries, 
Sliall live, thougii dead. 
What are we placed in this world for? Not to accumulate wealth; 
not to gain fame ; not to bask in tlie sunshine of pleasure. We are 
here to build up character. Ah, friends, this is the only possession 
we can take with ns, when we come to cross the "silent river." In 
the world beyond, as in all worlds, it is not what we have, but what 
we are, that makes us blessed. You remember our Lord's beatitudes, 
"Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are 
the pure in heart for they shall see (iod. Blessed are the peace- 
makers for they shall be called the childi'en of God. Blessed are they 
wliich do hunger and tliiist after righteousness for thev shall be 
111 led." 

Let us not forget that tlie disciiile like the Master is only made 
perfect through suffering. Trials make character. The apostle 
uttered a great truth and announced a noble philosophy when he said 
we should "Count it all joy when we fall into divers trials." And ^ 
^ Tennyson says : ^ 

< Life is not as idle ore, but iron dug from central glooms; > 

{ And heated hot witli burning fears, and dipped in baths of hissing tears, 

•< And battered with the shoclis of doom ; to shape and use. 

So let all the Gladding family use the world as not abusing it. ? 


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In old IJliudc Island tli(! buys were blue. 
And tlic lields of clover were red and green, 
And lii.uli in llie snn the ospreys tlew. 
Ami the killdces .screanied in the evening dew. 

The days and nights between. 
Tlie Puritan bell of mellow tone 
Rung over the churchyard wall. 
And the Quaker ehuich hid sky and lone; 
In some little byway walled with stoue 
And there rung no bell at all. 
But the Quaker came and the Quaker went 
To his little church in calm content; 
'Mid the oaks and the tields of maize. 
Each walked with God with a conscience free. 
And each beyond the world could see 

The Spirit's brightening ways. 
And the Quaker's cornfields turned to gold. 
And his hearth and heart were never cold 

In the old Rhode Island days. 


In old Rhode Island the bays were blue 
And the Northmen's barque of the silver wing, 
From the noonless fiords of Norrowy, 
Was havened in yonder stormless bay. 

Almost a tliousand years ago. 
And brought the bride of a king. 
'Twas here America began 
Or so the old Sagas run 
And I really hope 'tis so. 
Here the Florentine corsair turned from sea 
The silver Hag of the Fleur de lis 
Of the rouilly knigiits of old Rochelle. 
And dreamed of his isles of the (Jreelan odes 
And our shores seemed bordered with roses of Rhodes — 

We like ids picture well. 
'Tis centuries four since came his ))row. 
But ills i-oses of lihodes is Riiode Island now 

And tlie roses still haunt the bays. 
Oui' sister States have legends old. 
But wliat are they to the stories told 
Of the old Rhode Island days'? 



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^ In old Rliode Island the waves are blue, 

< As the purple waves of Galilee. 

^. .In old Rhode Island all hearts were true. ^ 

^ I thiidv they are so toda}% don't you? '■ 

As Rou:er Williams wished them to be? 

I think it is so. but I do not know. 

I sinof of an hundred years ajfo, — 

When the farmer earned his bread in the sun. 

And the sailor earned his bread on the sea. 

And the modest maid while her mother spun 

On her sampler worked her family tree; 

When the barns were full of clover haj% 

When the old red settle stood in the hall, 

When they succotash ate on Forefathers' Day, 

And on Thanksifivino: praised God for all ; 

When a dozen ships in the harbor lay, 

When the Winter tires had a j^enerous blaze, 

When they met to talk on the villa<re green 

Of belated ships, and the Algerine. 

The embarjio then. — 'tis the taritf yet. — 

When the wind went ilovvn and stopped the mill. 

And the great moon rose o'er Mt. Hope hill. 

And the town was peace, who would forget 
Those old Rhode Island days? 

But what were the land of the forest kings. 

And Roger Williams' golden pen 

That freed the world if no song found wings 

To lift to heaven the hearts of men. 

The Puritan's prayers were strong and long 

But they little mounted on wings of song, 

And his gifts of song were windows small. 

And the (Quaker, altliough his heart was true. 

And the robins sung in tiie morning dew, 

And the bluebirds sung mid the violets blue — 

And even tlie swallows sung as they flew, — 

I think it is very strange, don't you? 
He couldn't sing at all. 

Now worthy are they who the Gospel preach. 

And blessed are they who tlie Gospel teach ^ 

\ But angels the Gospel sing, ^ 

^ And the voice of song is the soul's true speech. r 

^ Of faith and prayer and praise, ^ 

^ And there needed the spirit of song to thrill 

^ The decent life and the holy will j 


* Of tliose old liliode Island Daj'S. 


i In old Rhode Island the Mt. Hope lands 

^ What noble recoi-ds crown I 

< What tlirilHiiii- legends of Sachems old 

^ What kui<rlitlj' deeds of patriots bold 

Wliat seamen of renown! 

What scenes when the Nation cradled lay 

In the hands of the chief of Mt. Hope Bay. 

\Vliat dreams of Hampden, what visions of Vane. 

Have retnrned fiiltilled to these hills af>ain I 

Thej- were hopeful names to their sea-girt claims 

That the hardy founders brought, 

And first on the roll of Mt. Hope lands, 

The honored name of Glaudino stands. 

And its honor failetlmot. 

And all praise to Irim. that Captain true. 

Who the broader light of the Word would know. 

And whose white ship broug]ifto the bays of blue 

The flaming messenger who passed tiirougli 

The land a hundred yeai'S ago. 

He opened his house to hear him pray 

And the whole town heard when he raised his tongue. 

And stared in wonder, and moved away. 

On the quiet street wlien first he sung. 

And the Puritan to the Quaker said. 

As from the Captain's house they fled. 

Where so much noise was made by few: — 

••rm sure I did not know, did you, 

I didn't know, but hope 'tis true. 

That we had so much to praise?" 

Alas, alas, I fear 'tis so 

With us today, as long ago 

In the old Kiiode Island days! 


Oh. white were the ships of Bristol town, 
And white were their wings on the sea. 
But never a ship of old brought down 
A richer freight to the sea-walls brown 
Than brought good Jesse Lee. 

i The Baptist could preach, and the Quaker teach, 

And bells could tin' Gospel ring. 
And the English Church could chant with the choir, 
But Jesse Lee, with a prophet's fire. 

^ Could the Gospel shout and sing. 

* The songs of flame that the <>ood man brouirht. 

Home of James C. Gladding 


Pharsalia, Chenango Co., N. Y. 

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A sweeter and larg-er Gospel taught 

And the siiigiug cliiirch with its steeple tall, 

Became the i^rophet church of all. 

Nor the Argo with the Golden Fleece, 

Nor Sir Francis Drake and his ship of gold. 

Are as mucli as tlie Captain's ship of old, 

I think you will all agree 

As ponder spire we see. 

Well may the sons of such men appear 

And their worthy fathers praise. 

I'm glad that tlie Gladdings settled here. 

In the old Rhode Island days I 


On the Avon's arm lies Bristol old. 
On the Narragansett lies Bristol new. 
And the legends of one have the centuries told. 
Sure our legends here are as noble aud true. 
The glorious scenes that Humbolfc met, 
That chai-nied Ui.e,ey^'S"of Lafayejte, 
And VVashui^tbh SerightH],;" 

Are ours forever, »n*I as blue 

The Narragansett rolls in view ' •'_ 
As erst tosea.kings'knighted.. 
No hapijier town e'er lifted its spire's 
To the sun's all brightening rays 
Than this of our brave and noble sires 
Who only sought God's will to find. 
And to live for the soul, and all mankind, 
And to leave to others an honest name. 
What picture nobler can History claim 
Tiian the old Rhode Island Days? 



You ask me for a poem 

To grace this festive scene. 

But the task is not so easy 

As you all mav fondlv dream. [ 

So I'll only tell a story i- 


That perchance may suit the time. 
Hoping that you will be lenient 
Caring more for truth than rhyme. 

•r [38] 

Long ago from grand old England 
Came a stnrdy pilgrim hand. 
Loving iVeedom more tlian kindred. 
Came they to a wild free land. 

And thejf made the stormy palhwiiy 
Of the sea a shining light. 
And onr fathers followed early 
To the land so free and hiighr. 

Like the branches of a river 
Running out in silvei- lines. 
Went the children of these fathers 
To the land of oaks and pines. 

To the land where throngh long winter 
The eai-th is bound in ice and snow. 
Then there conx'S the gentle summer 
And the sugar maples grow. 

In the early years of childhood 
With their number marked by four. 
Father left the town of Bristol 
And the grand Atlantic slime. 

Where the maple and the hemlock 
Stretch their tall and feathery hands. 
In the town of old Phrasalia 
The house of the eighth generation stand? 

There he toiled amid the woodland 
Bj' his ax and strong right arm. 
Mid foliage and flowers perennial. 
Bringing out each hidden charm. 

There he toiled amid the woodland 
As his father toiled before. 
Till his years stretched into manliodd 
And his feet new paths explore. 

Till he found npdii the hillside 
The maid his heart would seek to win 
^ And lure her from her mother's nurture 

* Uis own rude house to live within. 

He wooed and won her for his own. 
This maiden fair and sweet, 
And took her to the low framed house 
He'd budded at the forest's feet. 

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And there for more tliaii fifty years 
They lived uiid loved full well, 
And children nine came to their home 
To cheer and sweeten toil. 

It may not please you over well 
To hear their names in rhyme 
And I'll tell them to you hastll}' 
If to listen youMl be kind. 

Eliza Ann, a "-raceful <:irl 
In generation nine. 
And tlien a curly headed boy, 
.Squire James fell into line. 

Mary Jane, a Bible name 
Tender, kind, and true. 
Her feet have traveled many miles 
And stand today with you. 

Albeit F.. the honoied name 

Of judge he bears today. 

Methiidvs if he stood amid the throng 

Ile'd bear the palm away. 

(Blue eyes and bonn^' hair 

Just lightly touched with gray.) 

CiMithia Annette, the next in line. 
A western rover bold, 
Came into our quiet home 
And stole her from the fold. 

Nancy Corlyn. an old fashioned name. 
And one her grand dame bore. 
Three girls are already named 
And this one makes the four. 

And then to make a fine bouquet 
And finish the number well 
Came a fair sweet flower girl. 
They named her Rose Adell. 

Benjamin F. the next on deck. 
He weighs two hundred pounds, 
If you look sharp he's not so small, 
You'll see him standing round. 

John Edward — the name of John, 
It has a fiimiliar sound, 

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111 every family from one to nine 
Tile name of Joliii is found. 

Eliza, Squire James, Mary, Albert, 
We are tlie triije of James; 
Cynthia, Nancy, Rose, Bennie 
And Johnnie are our names. 

Seven of tiie tribe are here today 
And our hearts are swelling with pride 
As we list to the deeds of the fathers bold 
In the land where the}' lived and died 

We clasp toda^' the hand of our kin. 
We stand in ancestral halls 
And gaze with something akin to awe 
On the old time-stained walls. 

We mark the spot where lie the dead 
And read on tombstones gray 
The names of those who lived and loved 
And from earth have passed away. 

We tread today on sacred ground 
And look with bated breath. 
We give a tear to those who have gone 
And a smile to those who are left. 

When time shall gather the years to come 
And bind them in with the past. 
We shall cherish the meniorj' of these glad hour>.. 
Their fragrance through life shall last. 





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Seven generations in direct succession in the Glad- 
ding family begin with the name John. This is a 
little singular. But such is the case, in our family, 
for the first born, of six successive generations, 
without a break, was a man child who lived to rear 
a family of children. The oldest of each, being a 
male, received the name of his father, thus making 
with the first John, the settler, seven sons in true 
succession. In the eighth generation the spell was broken : three 
daughters before a son was the beginning of this generation. [Sth, 
Uth and 10th generations begin with the name James.] 

From the birth of John the settler (1640) to John the first-born 
of the seventh generation (1784) was 144 3-ears, or about 24 to a 

It is a subject of regret that we have no written matter from the 
hand of our first ancestor, who was born on the other side of the 
water, during the reign of king Charles I, of England. We will 
make the best of tradition, and as far as we can, back it up with 
known facts. 

€-v^a John the settler, the record says, died April 27, 1726, 

»^ aged 84 years. Then he was born 164g, we suppose 
in Pvnoland. Tradition says he left that land of fogs 
and smoke in the days of the Commonwealth and 
Oliver Cromwell's time. He being about 20 years of 
age, starts out to trv his fortune in the new world with 
no kindred to accompany him, probabh* a youthful 
adventurer. His grandson, John the 3d, commenced 
a manuscript, on parchment, which was continued by his oldest son, 
and so on down to the 7 oldest sons John. It is to be regretted that 
this oldest manuscript and records for a number of years has been 
mislaid — we fear, lost altogether. Fortunatel}- cousin Julia T. Glad- 
ding, daughter of James N. Gladding, about the year 1857, on a 
visit with the descendants of John 7th, made a copy of records and 
notes which was probably the original matter that had been kept by 
the oldest sons, or the same manuscript that John 7th alludes to in 
his letter, that accompanying the genealogical chart he sent his 
brother Edward in 1838. [This letter will probably appear in the 

*.X •w' -y^ -^ -w"^ ^ '^ -^ 

Appendix.] The matter of this cop}- our cousin so thoughtliilly pre- 

^ served will not be lost ns several have copied from hers. 

< From this manuscript we get many facts. John the 3d writes : 

 "172(;. Ai)ril 27, my grandfather John Gladding died, aged 85 

years." Again he says, "My mother, Alice Gladding, died March 

23, 1729." This is all he says of his own or grandparents. 

In the letter of John to Edward, previously alluded to, uncle 
John says, "I have seen in the town clerk's office at Bristol the fol- 
lowing, viz : 'John Gladding's mark for neats cattle and swine is a 
slit one-third the length of the left ear,' — dated 1(;62." In the fore- 
going there is an evident mistake, — in this date 16(52, for Bristol was 
not founded until 1680. As our ancestor had been a resident of 
New England about two years, and the above was copied from some 
laws of Plymouth Colony, that would make the matter all straight. 
In the above letter he says, "I have been informed by my grand- 
father. (John the 4th,) when I was a boy, that it had been handed 
down to him In- tradition, that the first John Gladding came over 
from England to Plymouth Colon^^ some twenty years after the first 
settlers landed. About the same time he with others removed to 
what was called Bristol Neck, in the state of Rhode Island." This 
tradition agrees with many facts, except the dates, for these get him 
at Plj-mouth afeotrt— fewettty-years before he was born ( ?) and remove 
him to Rhode Island some four years in advance of Roger Williams. 
Allen I. Gladding, in his revised Chart, reprints John the 7th's letter 
which gives the age of John 1, the settler, and 1(!41 as the year he 
was born. On the headlines of the chart he says, "He came over 
to the Plymouth colony 1640." One year before he was born. I am 
at a loss to know how they make this mistake. 

Whittier's piose work, Margaret Smith's Journal, mentions him, 
as he was a witness at the trial of Goody Morse, who was tried 
for her life 1669, for she was supposed to be a witch. We know he 
removed from those parts to Mt. Hope Lands as soon as these lands 
were open to white settlers, and was one of the 76 freeholders at the 
first town meeting, Sept. 1, 1681. Tradition says he removed in a 
large boat, with his family, and all his goods, and landed on the 

< rock iust below where the old Gladding windmill was afterwards > 

< built that was burned in the winter of 1849, here, in this new settle- > 
i- ment, with the rest of the founders of the town, to commence life I 
4. anew : in erecting their dwelling, planting their fields, and in the l 
A many things incident to a new settlement. Here he spent the bal- Jj, 



ance of his days, and his remains rest in peace on the east side of 
tiie Common. Here we must leave our worthy progenitor, the first 
of the seven Johns, till the resurrection morn. 

John's history we must make short work of as it is 
l)nt little we know of him. He was undoubtedly 
lx)rn at Pjytwont - h , and had entered his teens when 
his parents removed to Bristol. Oct. 31, 1693, he 
married Alice Wardell, daughter of Uzell War- 
dell, one of the founders of the town. To them 
were born the goodly number of eleven children. 

Grandmother Alice died MarcliX/3, 1720. Of this grandfather 
we know not the number of his days, the year of his birth or death, 
but he was buried in the grounds with his father and the rest of the 
town's people in those days, on the east side of the Common. And 
here we must leave this grandparent of the second generation to rest 
in peace. But in fulness of time all will be revived again and join 
the great number, for "unto IMe everj' knee shall bow, and every 
tongue shall confess, and all shall know the lord, from the least 
to the greatest." 

John commences his records and manuscript thus : 
''I, John Gladding, was born (in Bristol, R. I.,) 
Sept. 18, 1694. John Gladding and Martha Smith 
mariied Jul}' 12, 1716, on Thursday." 
Martha Smith was the daughter of Richard Smith, 
who was also one of the original settlers. All the descendants of 
John 3 and Martha can trace their lineage to the first settlers — the 
maternal as well as the paternal. 

A short paragraph from the ''Bi-Centennial of Bristol," com- 
piled by William T. Miller, concerning this worthy ancestor, is of 
interest in this connection : ''Mr. Smith adds this on the following 
page of the book : 'Memorandum. Richard Smith, the first Record- 
ing Town Clerk for the town of Bristol, was born in the city of Lon- 


don. ill the year lfi43. In the year 1673, came oyer lo New Ens- 
hind, \yith his little family, and settled in Boston, un<l from there 
with his family remoyed to Bristol Noy. !), 1780, where he erected a 
dwelling house at the southwest corner of the eight acre s(|uare 
bounded west on Hope St. and south on Constitution St., in which 
he resided until his death, which was in the year 169G. 

This is about all tliat has descended downi to us from the pen of 
John 3 : "Our son John was born June 30. 1717, ou Saturday. Our 
son Charles was born July 10, 171'.', on Friday. Our Daniel was 
horn May 20, 1721, on Saturday. Our daughter Martha was born 
April 10, 1723, on Wednesday. Our son George was born March 
26, 1725, on Friday. Daughter Mary was born Aug. 23, 1732, on 
"Wednesday. uU^^St 5 ^'v\«lv^J ■'.>*^ ;^aJ. f v^JU^f) aa^ >i-. n'So 

1 725, January .3. nn^ brother William raised his house. (He 
has seyeral remarks like the aboye, and about the weather, and so 
on. We will copy the more important matters.) 

1725. Oct. 23. Col. Mackintosh was buried. 1725. Noy. 16, 
brother Ebenezer was married on Tuesda}'. 

Dec. 14, schooner Morton for St. Christopher. 1726, April 27. 
m\- grandfather John Gladding died, aged 85 3-ears. Oct. 24, (1726) 
my brothers William, Jonathan and Joseph were married. (This 
seems a little singular for three brothers to many in one day: that 
is, it would be in our day.) Aug. 31, 1727, my brother Jonathan 
raised his house. Oct. 29, about 10 at night, there was a mighty 
earth(iuake. Cousin James Gladding married. Thursday, Feb. 27. 
My mother, Alice Gladding, died March 23, 1729. 1731, Feb. 14. 
my brother Nathaniel sailed, Ijound for St. Christopher." 

All his years were spent in the town where he was born, and 
here was he buried with his fathers, where he rests in hope. But he 
will liye again and complete the work he had begun. 

I '-All tliinjr? are of God. Why need we worry? > 

< Whichever way the wind doth blow '\ 

t Some heart is g^lad to liave it so. 

•< Then blow it east, or blow it west, . 

i The wind tliat blows, that wind is best." ► 

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John, son of John and Martha, was born in Bristol, 
R. I,, June 30, 1717. He was twice married, tirst, 
Sept. 25, 1738, to Mary Drown. To them were 
born five sons and three daughters. In his manu- 
script he says, ''Apr. 14, 1759, my first wife died, 
aged 40 years. 1759, Sept. 6, I was married a second time, to Han- 
nah Short." 

It is said of the Gladdings that they are clever at almost any 
trade — a kind of Jack at all trades. So it seems to have been with 
this woith}' ancestor : he was master and owner of a sloop or packet, 
also a shoemaker. In the winter months this busy man, with his 
boys, mans the cobbler's bench, and in lieu of sails — jib-sheet, main- 
sheet, — the halyards and helm, handled the hidss of the calf and the 
goat, the wax and the thread. With their patterns on the leather 
they laid out their course. They hoisted no sails : with crimping and 
binding and the aid of last fine boots and shoes they brought into 
port, and instead of splicing a rope, or mending a sail, they pegged 
on a tap or sewed up a rip, and no time was lost. Wlien the fetters 
of ice from the shores melt away, then to the water they haste ; their 
vessel they man, their sails are bent — a cargo of wood back to the 
town the}' soon will bring. 

This good man lived on Bradford St. His house was near where 
the North Primary school-house now stands, and his shoe-shop was 
near by. In his manuscript he records the birth of his children, and 
many remarks about things that happened in his day. I will only 
copy such as will be of interest on this occasion. 

1740 he notes as a very cold winter, so that two-horse loaded 
teams went from Newport to Providence on the ice. He cut a hole 
in the ice and found it 22 inches thick. He makes mention of the 
battle with General Gage ; of bombardment of Bristol, and of the 
British fleet coming into Rhode Island waters. I now give some of 
these matters in his own words. Of the bombardment he says : 

''Oct. 1,1775. Then began Cornwallis to fire on the town of 
Bristol. He fii'ed 200 guns upon the town, and never hurt a man, 
woman or child only Mr. Burt, and it was thought he died of fright. 
And two geese were killed for Pease Wardwell with a ball. He fired 
about one hour." 


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"•Aug. 25, 111.'). Thou a Friday I was taken by Col. Wallis and 
was on board the ship Pant three days. He took from me about 13 
cords of wood." 

''December 7, 177G. to be remembered tliat that terrible sight of 
British ships, about 130 sail, came into Rhode Island (Bristol har- 
bor,) and we, about fourteen families, hurried off to Dighton a Mon- 
day. We moved our goods to Mr. John VVhitmarsh's house, and the 
rest of the inhabitants to other places, and 1 beg God would sanctify 
it to us all." 

"March 20. 1778, my son Solomon died in tlie 24th year of his 
age. I beg God would sanctify this to us all. Apr. 20, 177'J. I 
moved my family back from Dighton to Bristol. May 25, 1779, Bris- 
tol was burned by the regulais. Dec. 6, 1770, my son Peter died. 
35 years of age. Oct. 25, 1779, the regulars left Newport." 

I omit quoting more from his journal. I trust the foregoing 
will be of interest for it not only gives dates but shows the character 
of the man. He evidently was one who loved justice and feared to 
do wrong. Our Savior says, ''Blessed are they who do hunger and 
thirst after righteousness : for they shall be filled." 

This 4 John died Nov. 16, 17H5, in his (;8th year, in the same 
town where he was born, and was l)urie<l with his fathers on the east 
side of the Common. 


John began his mortal life in Bristol, R. I., Jan. 3, 
17;>9; married Lucretia Smith Sept. 17, 1 701, and 
died Sept. 25, 1S20. His wife, Lucretia, died May 
5, 1H13. in her 70lh year. 

The following is a copy of their family record : 

••My sun John was born Friday, Nov. 19, 17(;2. My daughter 
Hannah was born on Monday morning, Aug. 27, 17(;4. My daugh- 
ter Lucretia was born on Friday, July 25, 17G6. My son Samuel > 
was born on Monday, April 4, 17(58. My son Richard was born > 
Friday afternoon. May «, 1770. My son Benjamin was born Friday \ 
afternoon, Sept. 11, 1772. My daughter Molly was born Friday ; 
afternoon, Apr. 27, 1775. My son Richard died Jan. 13, 1775. ]My ; 
son Benjamin died Sept. 3, 1778. My son Richard 2d was born ^ 

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' Friday afternoon, Jan. 22, 1779. My son Richard 2(1 died Aug. 6, 
< 1780. My daughter Sarah was born on Frida}' noon, April 5, 1781. > 
i My daughter Lucretia, wife of Thomas Waldron, died on Wednesday I 
i- afternoon Feb. 22, 1786. My daughter Lucretia 2d was born Fri- ^ 
4. day noon, July 14, 1780. My son Samuel departed this life Dec. 8, >■ 
1813. Departed this life Josiah Gladding, Sept. 5, 1804. (This 
was Josiah No. 2, fifth generation.) 

This John number 5 was a famous boat-builder in his day. His 
boat-shop was on the same lot with his dwelling, which was about 
half-way between Hope and High on the south side of Constitution 
St., Bristol. To facilitate the moving his boats to the water he had 
a carriage arrangement, with rollei'S, that he moved the boats on 
from the shop to the water. In those days it was not wicked to take 
a little rum occasionally. With two jugsful of 'Mhe critter," in a 
cool corner, he had no trouble in getting an abundance of help to 
drag or I'oU his boats to the watei'. You may lie sure it was with a ' 
very lively interest I listened to all the stories my father had to tell 
about this noted grand-father and his boat-shop. At that time all 
the boats that I had ever seen were those hauled by horses on the 
"•raging canal" — the Erie and Chenange. 

The boats from this shop gained great notoriety for speed as 
sailers. My father said it was seldom he was beaten, but more than 
once had he beaten his own record. Fortunately in those days the 
wealth of this land of great resources was in the hands of the mil- 
lions. Millionaires were unknown : consequently the racing yacht of 
today would then have been a superfluous affair, while the boats our 
ancestor builded were more for business than pleasure. 

Grandmother Lucretia reached her 70th year ere she was called 
to lay aside her work in this stage of her mortal existence, and was 
lain away May 5, 1813. Her worthy consort followed her Sept. 25, 
1820. Their remains still rest in the same grounds with their fathers. 
The time is coming when they will live again, with all the rest of 
Adam's race, and in the ages to come will receive the blessing 
promised through Abraham to all the tribes of the earth. 





M n^pHHn g -John was also born in Bristol, November U), 1762. 
Married Rachel Tolbee, Jan. 11, 1784. Their chil- 
dren : "•JMy son John was l)orn Oct. 23, 1784, Snn- 
day. My son Eldward T. was born Dec. 22. 1787, 
P'riday. My danghter Lydia was born Jan. 17, 
17"JU, Sunday. My son Benjamin was born Feb. 9, 1792, Thursday. 
My daughter Hannah was born Aug. (!, 1794, Wednesday. My son 
Samuel was born Apr. IG, 1797, Sunday. JMy daughter Rachel was 
born Oct. 21, 1800, Thursday. My son Stephen was born Feb. 
21, 1803, Thursday. My sou James N. was born Oct. 4, 1807, 

This John and Riichel were my grandparents. Benjamin was 
m3- own father. John owned and occu[)ied an estate on Union St., a 
little east of High. Several of their children were born there. This 
property he exchanged with Stephen Gladding for the three-cornered 
lot (and a dwelling) bounded by High, Walley and Water Sts., 
also the windmill and shore lot. The house and a portion of the 
land are still held by the widou* of his youngest child, James N. Glad- 
ding. He was for nnany yenrs dejnitv-sheriff of Bristol county. I 
have heard my father s.-iy if he would he could have been sheriff of 
Bristol county, but he would not ;iccept for fear he might have to 
hang some poor wretch. He was a man who loved justice, equality 
and righteousness. 1 hnve always heard his name mentioned as that 
of a man highly spoken of and one beloved b}' all who knew him. 
The days of his pilgrim :ige were less than any of the foregoing : he 
departed this life in his 59th year, Oct. 20, 1821, in the triumphs of 
faith. His wife survived him nearly 28 years, dying Sept. 1849, 
aged 85. They were buried in the grounds east of the Connnon and 
near where the other five Johns were. They may have part in the 
first resurrection, l)ut we are sure they will come again from the land 
of the slain. '-If a man die, shall he live ;igain? All the days of 
my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Thou shall 
t!all, and I will answer thee : thou wilt have a desire to the work of 
thine hands." 



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|. SnSi^^^& J'^'^^ ^l^o ^'^^^ born at Bristol, R. I., — Oct. 23, | 

1784. May 1, 1808 he was united in marriage with 
Miss Nancy, daughter of James and Patt}' Cogges- 
hall. The Coggeshall home and farm is in the east 
part of the town of Bristol, at the Narrows, on Mt. 
Hope bay. 

He was quite clever at rhyming : so much so that in many of his 
letters, both business and famil}', he would very pleasantly convey | 
his thoughts and wishes all in rhyme. I remember a letter he wrote 
to my father, near fifty years since. This letter was an invitation to 
my parents to come and spend thanksgiving with them. This letter 
was so nicely written in verse, and so well fitted for the occasion I 
regret its loss ver}- much. (Most of _my father's papers were lost in 
the Troy fire in 1802.) . T^je Qnly' "inat^er in verse 1 have from his 
pen is the follovviDg-fapiil^v record of^hite children, in rhyme. If my 
memory serves me this does not do him justice. I regret that it is 
all that I have from the ITi^hrd ^f tlije. ijncle that I loved and knew in 
my childhood. ";\^ - • " "' 

Three dau^^hters and two sons I have : 
My daiiing John and James, 
Martha T. and Anstress T. and 
Eaohel are their names. 

A record now I'll try to make. 
With Martha I'll beo:ni : 
The fourth of August she was born 
In eighteen hundred ten. 

In eighteen hundred and eleven. 
On Monday afternoon, 
In November, — twenty-fifth, — 
When Anstress T. was born. 


i My son was born ; I called him James 

j His Ma would have it so. 



^ In eighteen hundred ten and three, | 

November twelfth I know, > 

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I In oiijhtepii hiiiKlrcd ten and nine ' 

i Another dangliter came — <> 

I September seventh, afternoon — '^ 

i And Eacliel is her name. > 

In eighteen hundred twent^'-two 
My second son was born ; 
April tvvent3'-eight it was, 
And he is named John. 


Pharsalia, April 15th, 1836. 

[Copied from the original.] 

This 7th John was educated in the common schools of Bristol, 
and was apprenticed to the rope-making trade with Major Howland, 
whose walk was on the Bristol Common. 

This John was the first of the seven to leave Bristol, as several 
families from Bristol had located in 8henango county, N. Y., and the 
glowing stories they told of their goodly- land induced him and his 
brother Benjamin to remove thither. 

They arranged with one Mr. Bosworth, of Shenang, a former 
resident of Bristol, to come down with his team and move them to 
what they then called ^'u\) country." 

About 1816, quite late in the fall, so late that ice was making in 
the rivers — and few were the bridges on large rivers in those days — 
they had much difficulty in crossing the Hudson, as the ferry-boat 
had hard work in the ice. 

I think this journey was in December, with big box, little box, 
band-box and bundle and their little ones, with themselves, stowed 
nicely away into Mr. Bosworth's two-horse wagon, read}' for the 
move to their new home in the woods. 

This little band of emigrants numbered the same as those saved 
from the flood in Noah's ark. Two brothers married to sisters. John 
and Nancy had three little ones, and Benjamin and Mahitable had 
one. The children of these families were double cousins but their 
whole number makes eight souls in all for this long journey. I think 
the}' were two weeks on the road. > 

I would that I knew more of this long and noted journey since 
mj' own dear mother and father, and the first-born of our family, * 




made three of the number, on the journey of about three hundred 
miles, whieh was then attended with more hardships than a thousand 
would be toda}-. They passed over new and poorly made roads, and 
the latter part, no roads at all. Here they had to pick their way 
through unbroken forest by means of biased trees, where the bear, 
the wolf and panther still claimed a right, and made it unpleasant 
for travelers by night. 

John the 7th would not be called a conservative, as he was an 
aggressive character, a man of the people and for the people : an 
active abolitionist ; always on the side of the oppressed ; a lover of 
equality ; a leading spirit among the Wesleyan Methodists ; a kind 
father and valuable neighbor. 

Soon after he located in Shenang he established the cordage 
business in the town of Pharsalia which has been in successful 
operation from that day to the present, first by himself, then by his 
children, and now by his grand- and great-grandchildren. 

His death was hastened by an accident : he slipped on ice and 
fell near his own door, but was so badly hurt that he died in a few 
days — on Jan. 1, 1839, near the 46th year of his age. 

The following is quoted as a reflex of the reforming and demo- 
cratic spirit of the 7th John : 


When shall we leani, and at wliat fearful cost 
Of conflict fierce and suftering intense. 

The truth that one of old — 
A savage counted, with finer sense. 

The sense of Justice to the nations lost, — 
Bold thundered forth in stern, rude eloquence: 
"The land cannot be soldi" 

If not the land, not what the land enfolds! 
Alas! until grown arrogant and strong 

Through spoil of our estate. 
Have we submitted to the hoary wrong. 

All wealth the land, the sea, the mountain liolds. 
Eartli's hidden treasures, unto all belongs : 
Not to a syndicate! 


I came in the mornin<i:; — it was Spring. 

And I smiled ; 
I walked out at noon. — it was Summer, 

And I was glad ; 
I sat me down at eve, — it was Autumn, 

And I was sad; 
I laj'ed me down at ni<jht, — it was Winter. 

And I slept. 






Concerning Nathaniel number 24 iu tlie sixth generation there is 
considerable of interest to relate. 

''None knew him but to love him; 
None named lihn but to praise." 

Capt. Nat, as he was familiarly called, married Nancy Peck, a 
woman possessed of most estimable qualities ; and to them were born 
eleven children. Their j^oungest daughter, named for her mother, 
married a Bell of Virginia. In due time that southern household 
was enlivened by the music of eight little Bells of different tones but 
most harmonioush' sweet. We hope some of them or their smaller 
Bells have jingled all the way to Khode Island; and if any of them 
are here today I trust we may be favored with some of their soft and 
gentle music. 

Capt. N. Gladding was a tall well-lmilt man with curl}" dark 
brown hair. His eyes were large, dark and full of expression. As 
he had traveled a great deal and cultivated his powers of observation 
considerably, he conversed most intelligently and agreeably, and en- 
tertained his friends most sumptuously. He was a prominent factor 
in the early Methodist church, and never missed an opportunity of 
attending its services. Sometimes he would be in the midst of en- 
tertaining friends, host and guest alike enjoying the feast of reason 
and the flow of soul when the hour of evening service seemed to 
some to come altogether too soon. The courteous captain would 
sever the thread of conversation in the most affable manner and po- 
litely invite his friends to accompany him to meeting. He was 
always most happy when they chose to accompany him, but if they 
refused he would quietly say he was always in the habit of attending 
meeting regularly, bade them a cheerful good evening, often leaving 
them following him with reluctant eyes and wishing in their hearts 
they had accepted the kind invitation. 

His hospitable roof sheltered many of the worthy Itinerants of 
his day. At one time when entertaining a Methodist minister, in the 
course of conversation they drifted on to the subject of profanity, 
when the captain chanced to remark he had no swearing on board his 

I vessel. "How can you prevent it?" inquired the clergyman. "Ira- 



mediate!}' after gettino; under wa}'," responded the captain, "all 
bands are called aft. when I ask the privilege of doing the fiist 
swearing. Of course no swearing is heard on that voyage." "But," 
says the man of God, "it is commonly supposed sailors will not 
obe}' ordei-s unless they are accompanied with oaths." "It is?" re- 
plied the captain. Then, slowly rising, he moved towards his guest 
with his peculiar gestures, and piercing eye fixed on the quiet little 
man before bin, and in bis commanding and powerful voice shouted, 
as if speaking through a trumpet, "Con-stam-per-ram-pus-hanker- 
jam-pa-rats I" and then pnK'ceded to give orders as if on shipboard. 
The mild unoffending minister is heard faintly to say, "I-I-I- don't 
doubt it." 

And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of 
Peter, and Phebe, and Patty, and several other worthies whom fond 
memory recalls and to each of wljom I would gladly pay both lov- 
ing and loyal tribute. 




<■ of Norwich, N. Y. 


By Judge Albert F. Gladding, 

Macaiila^' says, "A people who take no pride iu the achieve- 
ments of remote ancestors will never achieve anything themselves 
worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendants." 

The first reason, ''Blood is thicker than water." 

Second, One's kindred is closer than a stranger, and family 
pride is more commendable than indifference. 

Third, Loyalty to one's country and loyalty to family, kindred 
and friends is much the same thing. 

Fourth, A traitor to either may properly be suspended by the 

Fifth, Pride of ancestry begets interest in the welfare of one's 

Sixth, Interest in one's posterity leads to industrial efforts to 
better their condition. 

Seventh, Such efforts, continued, become the surest road to in- 
dividual prosperity and advancement. 

Eighth, Respect and reverence for our forefathers creates a 
desire to be respected in return by our descendants. 

Nintli, A desire to be respected by one's descendants is an in- 
centive to lead exemplary lives, and to be worthy of such respect. 

Tenth, Pride of ancestry, respect and reverence for our fore- 
fathers, only possible when we know something of their history, who 
tliey were, the lives they led, and the characters they bore. 

Eleventh, To acquire a knowledge of these things each gener- 
ation must hand down to the next, not only the principal facts of 
their own lives, but the family traditions, which have in like manner 
come to them. 

Twelfth, These facts and traditions can best be transmitted, 
understood and preserved by frequent meetings, reunions and inter- 
change of hospitalities between the living members of the family 
interested in preserving and transmitting them. 

Thirteenth, Therefore, logically, a family reunion is a family 

Lastly, socially, the Gladding family have had a blessing be- 
stowed upon them today. 


Chestnut St., running: into the picture, witli Finest, (in the near forejsifround), 
crossing it at rijfht angles, bounds the center corner in the picture. On this corner 
Nathaniel located in the latter half of the seventeenth century. Chestnut St. was then 
called Ship, and Pine st. Snow. Mr. Gladdinjj was b)- trade a carpenter and builder. 
The two storey house next to the center corner on Chestnut st. is the old homestead, 
built 17 . An old two storey brick house occupied tiie centei- corner, and was re- 
moved in the early part of tlie eijihteenth century. The Glaildin<,^s built the present 
house on its foundation. These houses are still owned and occupied by the orand and 
great grand children of Nathaniel Gladding, and are in good preservation. See p. 57 


THE NR* ynR 

letti^rs of r{e<5r(^t. 


Hartford, Conn., April, 1891. 

Mr. H. C. Gladding, 

No. 'J Hoppin St., Providence, R. I. : 

Dear Sir, — It was my intention to have been present, with my 
family at the reunion of the Gladding family at Bristol last August. 
Faraih' sickness made it impossible ; and for the same reason is 
caused the delay in sending our regrets. We realize very fully the 
great pleasure we were deprived of, and the benefit we must have re- 
ceived in meeting new faces, making new friends and learning much 
at present unknown to us of the Gladding family in its many 
branches. That my branch of the family may be better known to 
others through a future meeting or publication I append a short his- 
tory of the family, with a few historicaP facts that have come to my 
knowledge, and that 1 think iuay interest some of my name if not 
ni}' own direct ancestry. 

I am the son of Samuel Gladding and Sarah Ruggles Gladding, 
and was born at number 14 Aborn street, Providence, R. I., March 
11, 1844. My brother, Frank Ruggles Gladding, was born at the 
same place in 1842 and died in 1882. My sister, Sarah Ruggles 
Huntington (nee Gladding) was born at number 7 Aborn street in 
1840, and is now living in this cit}'. John Russell Gladding, my 
half-brother, was born in Connecticut, in 1858 or '59, and now re- 
sides in Providence. My father, Samuel Gladding, was born at 43 
Chestnut street, Providence, R. I., April 25, 1804, and now resides 
in the house he was born in. He had four brothers and one sister 
that lived to maturity and a good old age, three brothers and the 
sister living to over 85 years of age, all now being dead but my 
father. My grandfather, Nathaniel Gladding, was born in Bristol, 
R. I. ; moved from there to Newport, and later, to Providence, where 
he resided many years and died. During the Revolutionary war he 
served as private, lieutenant and captain, from the beginning to the 
end, his commission being signed by John Hancock of Revolutionar}- 
fame and the president of Congress. I have been told that my 
grandfather was the only Gladding that received a commission, or 
was known to have been in any branch of the colonial army during 

■• the war. Be this a fact or not, he was a soldier of the Revolution- [ 
ary war. and also served in the war of 1812, being then in command t 
of a company of Rhode Island troops that assisted in throwing up ^ 

-i the breastworks on Field's Point heights, w'hich are still visible, and >■ 

^ are familiar to Providence residents and many beside. 

My grandfather Nathaniel Gladding had three brothers and one 
sister of whom I knew nothing. My great-grandfather, Samuel 
Gladding, had eight children : five sons and three daughters. My 
great-great-grandfather, John Gladding, had seven children : five 
sons and two daughters. My great-great-great-grandfather, John 
Gladding, had four children : two sons and two daughters, my great- 
great-great-great-grandfather, John Gladding, being the original John 
of England. All of my paternal ancestry except the original John 
and my father, were born in Rhode Island, presumably all in Bristol. 
There has never been to my knowledge any positive proof of where 
the original John came from to this countrv, nor is there anv knowl- 
edge of his ancestry ; if there is I should be very glad to be informed. 
Had I been present at the reunion I might have known this and much 
more : which is my misfortune. I suggest that no more than a dec- 
ade pass before another reunion of the Gladding family be held, at 
which I hope I and mine ma}- be spared to attend. Again express- 
ing regrets, I am, sii'. 

Very truly yours, 


Edenburg, (Knox P. O..) Clarion Co., Penn'a, 
Aug. 19, 18'J0. 
H. C. Gladding, Providence, R. I. : 

Dear Sir. — Through the kindness of some of my relations in 
Ohio I am in receipt of ''Circular No. 2. — Reunion of the Gladding 
Family." Being particularly interested in this genealogical line of 
work, I am very much pleased to know that such an organization has 
been accomplished. 
' The Ohio branch of this family have been holding their annual > 

1 reunions for quite a number of years, affording a great deal of satis- | 

< faction and pleasure to us all. | 

< I deem it proper to say, on this occasion especially, that I am > 
proud of my lineage ; and among all of the Gladding family whom I 





have met during my travels, there were noticeable certain character- 
istics which I doubt not prevail throughout the whole line. These 
are, a genial, social disposition, rather given to mirthfulness. Their 
hospitality is noticeable beyond that of the average people, also the 
close family friendship existing among them, while honesty, sobriety 
and industry have without an exception been the most clearly marked 
of all. 

During eight years' residence in California I had the pleasure of 
meeting a good many of this family, and among these were Allen I. 
Gladding and family. I found him to be one of those nire ones who 
are possessed of nearly all commendable traits of character, and 
ever ready to assist those in need. One of his sayings, illustrative 
of his character, was that he "would never turn his back upon a 
Rhode Island man so long as he did what was right." Tiiis man no 
doubt many of you were personally acquainted with, and nearly all 
have a knowledge of him through his untiring efforts in the comple- 
tion of the Gladding Genealogical Chart to that time, for which I 
think all of us feel grateful to him ; and I hope through this organiz- 
ation an effort will be made to continue this line of work. "Would 
that he had lived to be among you at this meeting. Few, if any, 
would enjoy it more. From him I procured a number of the charts 
which I distributed among the male members of the family in Ohio, 
who prize them as rare treasures. 

I regret indeed that I cannot be one of your number on this 
occasion. Hoping that I may be permitted to be present at some 
future one, I am 

Yours very respectfully, 


Grandson of *John Gladding of the 6th generation, family number 

22, and son of Sally Gladding of the 7th generation, family number 


*This John Gladdiii;; on the new chart is number 18, family 2. of the 
Gth "erieration. 

Boston, Mass., Aug. If., 1890. 
II. C. Gladding Esq., 9 Iloppin St., Providence, R. I. : 

Dear Sir, — I am in receipt of your invitations to the Gladding 


reunion. I shall be unable to attend I find on account of business 

engagements. > 

My father was Geo. W. Gladding, of Albany, N. Y., deceased 

twenty years ago. 

I am very sorry that I cannot attend the gathering as I should 

be pleased to meet the family. 

Yours resp'ly, 


231 W. Canton St., Boston. 

New York, Aug. 18th, 1890. 
Uncle H. C. Gladding and Committee of Arrangements: 

Gentlemen^ — 1 have read the circulars issued by your committee 
calling together the descendants of John Gladding, with great pleas- 
ure. It is to be hoped that the coming 250th birth-year will be cele- 
brated in a manner worthy of one who assisted in founding the town 
of Bristol. I am proud of the honor to be able, as the grandson of 
the late Benjamin Gladding of Bristol, R. I., to wish your committee 
success, and all others interested in the organization of a society for 
the purpose of perpetuating the family name of our illustrious ances- 

My early recollections of Bristol are very pleasant. I know of 
nothing which would afford me more pleasure than to meet once more 
the many kind friends and relatives whom I have not seen since a 
mere lad. But m3' business engagements pievent my being with you 
at this time. 

Wishing you all a pleasant and happy reunion, I close with my 
love to all my relations in general. 

I am yours respectfully, 

H. T. Coates & Co., Cotton J2xchange Building. 

St. James' Rectory, AVoonsocket, R. I. 
F. F. Gladding Esq. : 

Dear Sir, — Please accept the regrets of myself and wife at 
being unable to attend the reunion of the Gladding family, into 



which I was so fortunate as to marry. 

A funeral at which I must officiate will necessarily detain us at 

With best wishes for the occasion, I am 

Yours faithfully, 


Corning, Adams County, Iowa, Aug. 18th, 1890. 
D. W. Gladding and others. Committee: 

Your invitation (Circular No. 2,) to attend the 250th anniver- 
sary of the birth-year of John Gladding, has been received, through 
my father, Nathan P. Cole of Warren, R. I., whose mother, Sarah 
(called Salley) Gladding, was a direct descendant of him whose an- 
niversary you celebrate. 

I regret very much that I cannot be present, as nothing would 
give me more pleasure, and a distance of 1500 miles is the only ex- 
cuse I will offer. No one in your assembly probably has a greater 
love of genealogical research and family history than the writer, and 
as the years pass by and with them come the lessons of experience 
and formation of new acquaintances and new associations, one be- 
comes more and more attached to the old landmarks and the old 
friends of youthful days. Of course I cannot remember very far 
back into the Gladding family, but I well remember, when visiting 
my *grandmother, of hearing her speak of her ancestors, whom I 
also learned to revere and love. 

May your celebration and banquet be a success ; and may you 
all, from an eminence of two hundred and fifty years, look back in 
memory and history and find food for refiection which will enable us 
all to cherish the memory of those who have gone before, and in- 
crease our love for those things which abide, and not the fleeting, 
transient conditions of this nineteenth century. May God grant 
that the reunion may inspire us all to nobler and better lives, and to 
emulate the good in those who have gone before. 




*See chart in Appendix for this <^randraother, Sarah Gladding-Cole, 6th 
^^eueration, famil}' 1, number 10. 


Philadelphia, Pa., Aug. 27th, 1890. 
To Gladdiug Reunion Coiriniittee : 

Thoroughl}' regretting urgent business engagements prevent my 
attending, aeeept congratulations. 


No. 44 Millon Ave., Hyde Park, Mass., Aug. 25, 1890. 
Mr. H. C. Gladding, Prov., R. I. : 

My Dear Sir, — Our little family circle (myself, wife and two 
boys,) have talked a good deal about the reunion of the Gladding 
family, and reckoned much on attending the same, and I can say it 
is with deep regret that I am obliged, at this late hour, to notify you 
that unforeseen circumstances will prevent our attendance. I had 
feared we might not be able to attend, and hence had not sent for 
tickets, and j'et had hoped affairs would so shape that we could come. 
But let me assure you that we do not and shall not forget the da}' or 
the Name I "We shall ever take pride in the name Gladding, so long, 
so well and so favorablv known in and al)out Providence, and now 
branching out in various directions through the land. We are proud 
that we may be numbered as one of the smaller branches of this 
large and flourishing family tree ; and we are perpetuating the name 
in our family circle through our oldest son, Henry Gladding. 

Though separated fioni you by necessity, and not l)y choice, on 
the day of the reunion, rest assured we shall be much with you in 
thought, and that our petitions will go up for the benediction of 
heaven ui)on the Gladding family, in all its branches. May you, one 
and all, have a glad day and a glad future, full of hope and the fru- 
ition of heaven's best gifts. 

With kindly family regards. 


W. H. FISH, 
husl)and of Annie A., daughter of the late Thomas C. Gladding. 

P. S. Will you kindly send us whatever reports are published 
of the reunion? also, genealogical table of the family, if one is made 
up? for which I will pa^'. 

We have two boys, Henry Gladding, born January 20, 1877, 
and Edwin Knight, born Nov. 22d, 1882. 

W. H. F. 



< 195 Main St., Memphis, Tenn., April 1(3, 1890. 
' My Dear Sir, — I am in receipt of your circular proposing a reunion 

of the Gladding family, etc., and while it may be impossible for me 
] to be present at the gathering, yet I wish to sa}' that the plan meets 
with my hearty approval, and I trust it will be a most successful and 
pleasant meeting in every way. 

My father was the late John H. Gladding, son of Geo. W. 
Gladding and Rebecca M. Gladding, who lived for many years cor- 
ner of Prospect and Gushing Sts., Providence. 

I left Providence first in 1874, returning in 1883 for a residence 
of a little over two years, and since January 188G have been con- 
nected with a large Indianapolis concern but having my headquarters 
in this city. 

My mother, Mrs. Lydia M. Gladding, is now living in this city ; 
also ni}- brothers Geo. W. and James W., with their wives. Another 
l)rother, Benjamin Munroe Hill Gladding, resides in ISan Francisco, 
and would no doubt be pleased to I'eceive one of your circulars. His 
address is Care Auditor's Department, Southern Pacific Railway Co. 

Myself and other members of our family here would be pleased 
to receive full information in regaid to whatever arrangements you 
decide upon in regard to the reunion, as possibly some of us may be 
able to be present. 

Awaiting your favors, I remain 
Yours truly, 

To H. C. Gladding Esq., 

9 Floppin St., Providence, R. I. 

P. S. Please advise if you can what the wording is on the 
scroll at bottom of coat of arms, and greatly oblige ; also the general 
significance of the desi<j:n. 

N. A. G. 

Memphis, Tenn., Aug. 27, 1890. 
To Henry C. Gladding : 
^ The Memphis delegation sends greetings and regrets the impos- 

sibility of being with you this time. May the family have many 
more reunions. 

< Mrs. Lydia M. Gladding, Mr. & Mrs. Geo. W. Gladding, Mr. & 
J Mrs. Jas. W. Gladding, Mr. & Mrs. Nelson A. Gladding. 


All):iiiy. N. Y.. Aug. 26, '90. 
Mr. H. C. Gladding, Cbairman of Committee on Reunion, etc. : 

Dear Sir, — Through the kindness and courtesy of Mr. Henry L. 
Gladding I received CireuUir No. 1 and 2. and utter leading Ihe same 
was very much pleased and gi'atitied witli the i-esults I believe will 
surel}' follow this grand undertaking. I am in hearty cooperation 
with you all, and send ray congr.-itulations. helping it will be a giand 
success and a right jolly good time to all who can make it convenient 
to attend. Mope that I shall be able to attend the next reunion. 

My father's name was Joseph Richmond and my grandfather's 
name was Joseph. My mother's maiden name was Craig — of Scotch 
parentage. My father had one brother, named Horace, and one sis- 
ter, named Lydia. This is all the information I can give you con- 
cerning mv familv. I am the only one of n)v family name. There 
are several Gladdings in Albany but no relation to me that I know 
of. I am thirty-six years old. I married a Miss Taylor in 1878 and 
have had six children — one dead and live living. 

If I do not take too much of your vnhiable time I will give you 
for future reference the names of my family in full. 

Mother's name. Mary A. : wife's. Jennie S. ; children's, Robert 
R., (dead), Clara L.. ^^'alter T.. Fannie May and Helen Marguerite, 
(twins), and Irene. 

With kind regaids to you all. I remain 

Yours, etc., 

26 Lexington Ave. 

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Brief Biography of BENJAMIN F. GLADDING. 

Benjamin F. Gladding, now living, in his 80tli year, at Gill, 
Mass., is the oldest son of Benjamin Gladding, a carpenter of 
Bristol, R. I., who married Mehitable, daughter of James Cogges- 
hall of Bristol, R. I., and subsequently moved to Rainham, Mass. 
Here Benjamin F. was born Oct. 29th, 181;"). About one year later 
his father, in company with several others, moved "out west" to 
Chenango county, New York state, stopping for about one year at a 
small village called Norwich and then settling in the town of Phar- 
salia. He and his brother John bought two adjoining farms, and 
became leading Methodists, organizing a church and building a 
school-house. Near!}- all the houses and barns of that vicinity, con- 
structed during the next ten years, were the handiwork of Benjamin 

In the fall of 1827 he sold his farm and moved to Saugersfield 
Huddle, as it was then called, an enterprising village in Oneida 
county subsequently called Waterville. Here he bought a lot and 
built a house and carried on his trade, his young son of twelve years 
working by his side, from sunrise to sunset, presenting a striking 
contrast to the easy work of a modern carpenter. 

At the age of fifteen Benjamin F. began to show the energy and 
ambition that marked his subsequent career. Beginning in the fall 
he worked all winter making machines, tools, &c., and in the spring, 
in company with his brother George, a boy of eleven, constructed a 
building two hundred feet long without any other assistance, and 
commenced the business of rope-making. At the end of the first 
year he compared notes with his father, who in the meanwhile had 
continued to work as a cai'penter. The boy had done so much better 
than the father that the latter laid aside his took and joined with his 
<■ son in the rope-making business. At the age of twenty-one Benja- 
<■ min entered into partnership with his father, built a house near the 
^ rope-walk, and married Maria, daughter of Thomas Stantial, mer- 


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chant tailor of the same town. In her he found a judicious and .', 

faithful counsellor and a great strength and support in times of trial. I 




i To her children, her faithfulness and loving patience will always be 

i a sweet and precious possession. * 

At the age of twenty-three he sold his house and interest in the 
rope business and bought, for $4, 500, the Joseph Williams farm of 
one hundred acres, situated one mile from Walerville on "Paris Hill" 
and Utica road. He built a new house, and in the fall of 188H 
moved to his farm, where he lived fourteen years. Besides carrying 
on the farm he took many large building contracts, among which the 
most important was the building of seven different plank roads, one 
hundred miles in total length. These were busy years for Benjamin, 
now in the prime of his remarkable strength and activity. At this 
time he received an urgent and flattering call from Messrs. F. & S. 
Pratt & Co. of Petersburg, Va., to build a plank road from Peters- 
burg to Bo3'dton, a distance of ninety miles, at a cost of about 
$150,000. After consultation with his business friends Samuel 
Goodwin and Samuel Medluiry, and after a visit to Virginia in com- 
pany with the latter, he accepted the contract, sold his farm, and 
despatched a large caravan of new wagons and the finest horses, 
loaded with tools, fuiniture, provisions, &c., on a long overland 
journey to the distant south, while he, in company with his family 
and thirty to forty carpenters, blacksmiths and bridge builders took 
a steamer from New York to Norfolk and up the James river to his 
destination. The caravan arrived a few days later. In three years 
the whole road was completed and paid for. Soon after completing 
this road he assumed a contract for a second road, which occupied 
two years longer. 

During most of this time three of his brothers and one brother- 
in-law were with him. Within these five years he buried one of his 
children, one sister, one sister-in-law and several of his workmen, 
and was himself brought to death's door by a severe attack of yellow 
fever. These were years of extraordinary trials and difficulties ; but 
these were all successfully met and borne down by the tremendous 
energy and pluck of an extraordinary man. > 

On his return to the north he located at Troy, N. Y. Here he \ 
carried on an extensive grocery and provision business for three 
years, and then liuilt a large livery stable and carried on the livery 
i business until the great fire of 1862, which burned out both home >, 
and stable. With characteristic energy he at once began rebuilding _^^ 



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'' and had the first roof on in the burned district. In a short time he >. 

sold out this business and moved to Providence, R, I., where he y 
assumed a contract with a compan}- making gun-locks. After the | 
close of the war he continued the manufacturing business for several | 
years, occasionally taking a contract, such as excavating the filter ; 
basin of the pumping station of the Providence city water-works : ' 
building a part of the branch road for the Providence and Fishkill 
company from River Point to Phenix. R. I., and several works of i 
similar character. In 1883 he retired from active work and is enjoy- 
ing a well earned rest in a quiet countr}^ home at Gill, Mass. , 

Beniamin F. Gladding's most striking characteristics have been 
a tireless and driving energy ; a great capacit}- for handling large 
bodies of men, and a most remarkable physical development. In 
his prime he presented an iron frame, six feet in height and weighing 
two hundred pounds.* It has always been his motto to "Wear out, 
not rust out," and unable to keep quiet he has for some years and 
until very recently carried the daily mail, in all weathers, between 
Gill and Greenfield, a round distance of fourteen miles, and cele- 
brated his eightieth year this last winter by starting from Springfield 
at 6.30 in the morning, with the thermometer twenty degrees below 
zero, and riding in an open sleigh to Greenfield, a distance of thirty- 
nine miles, reaching there at 3.30 in the afternoon, taking on a 
heavy load of grain and continuing his journe}' over the hills seven 
miles further to his home. He is still a man of great strength and 
endurance and is good for many years more of active life. He had 
four sons and two daughters. William died in infancy in Virginia. 
Charles H. died at the age of ten and John H. at the age of twenty- 
nine, in Providence. In little Charlie he lost a generous and warm- 
hearted boy whom all loved and mourned. In John he lost a son at 
the opening of a most promising manhood, a noble christian char- 
acter, whose strength and marked fidelity would have made a 
man of exceptional usefulness and influence had his life been spared. 
Thomas Stantial, Elizabeth and Lucy survive. 

I *A little incident that happened in Benjamin's younjjer days we Avill re- > 

<' late, to show his fjreat strength. A meeting-house was being built in the y 

I village. In those days heavy timber was used for large frames, in lieu of ^ 

* the numerous smaller timbers of the present time. Some long sticks had >■ 
<> been hauled and lay in the street near the building site. The position of 
one long timber was such as to tempt the part\- present to contest their 



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^ strenjrtli in a liftiiij;: match. It was found that scarce any couhl lift the one > 
i end of the ]on<; timber. One heavily built and fleshy n)an just laised the 
I stick from its bearing. Now all wanted Benjamin to try ; but he was not 
i suie he could lift the gieat weight but would try it the big two or three * 
, hundred pounder who had just litYed woidd sit on the end he was to lift. 
The timber hung out a long way from the i)earing. with the lat gentleman 
on it near the end. As Samson, when all things were ready, bowed him- 
self and laid hold of the pillars of the Philistine temple and wrenched 
them from their fountlation. so lienjamin raised the little stick, man and 
all. and up they went about six inches. Like the Philistine temi)le down 
they came, but not with death and sorrow, for this incident caused great 
merriment to all present. The fall of tlie long timl)er produced so violent 
vibrations in the man's seat on the timber as to nearly shake the teeth from 
his jaws. — H. C. G. 




The Gladdings have never shown any great aspirations for mili- 
tary glory. Captain Nathaniel Gladding, of the fifth generation, 
was probably the only commisisioned officer among our ancestors 
during the wars of 1776 or 1812. We are sure some got into 2)>'iso7i ! , 

The Britons made a laid on the old ancestral town of Bristol 
during the revolution, tind gathered up all the males the}' could 
catch, but most of them were elderly people, and with little respect 
to their person hurried them off to Newport, and placed them in 
cramped quarters on a prison ship. Among the rest were old Mr. 
John Gladding and his cousin William Gladding : also Governor 
Bradford, who did not well enjoy this manner of life. He asked 
Mr. William Gladding "When do you think we will be released from 
this horrible place?" Mr. Gladding characteristically remarked 
"Well, I cannot say ; but I hope, not soon." With surprise the 
governor asked ''Why do you say so?" The old gentleman replied, 
"■For man}' years I have desired to see a condition of things where 
each had an equal share, and all fared alike; and here we have it: 
the honorable and the humble, the rich and the poor, and all fare 
and share alike." | 



O where can be found a prettier spot. 

Roam thfonijh this wide world as we may, 

Than Bristol, Rhode Island, which stands on the shore 

Of the beautiful Narragansett Bay? 

The home of our forefiithers long ago, 
The home of their descendants today : 
'Though some in other hinds made a home, 
Others remained in the town on the bay. 
In the eighth generation I am found ; 
We were brothers and sisters a dozen. 
And as through the town I take my way 
I find I number many a cousin. 

And in the good old days when we were young- 
Many merry times together had we 
In searching the woods for berries and flowers. 
Or listening in wonder to the sound of the sea. 
For in the summer time we oft were found 
Gathering shells and stones, with children a score, 
Or playing around the old mill which stood 
On the bank near our home by the shore. 

Long years it had stood when I was a child, 
And my father played there when a boy. 
Or watched with delight his father grind corn- 
In after years remembered with joy. 
Many fond stories by father were told us 
Of his boyhood days around the old mill. 
As we clustered around him beg;ging for stories : — 
Though years have passed we remember them still, — 
One in particular I think of now : 
It happened one day that a little brother 
In his boyhood sport climbed on to the vane, 
All unbeknown to iiis father or mother. 
And thought it no danger— this little boy— 
But thought it was rare spoit until he found 
That he could in no way again get down. 
For the vanes by the wind were moving around. 
He did not relish this kind of a ride : 
First down near the ground, then up in the sky ! 
But fast he clung with little hands and feet 
Till his father heard his poor frightened cry. 
He saw him coming: toward him with speed. 
And his poor little heart bounded with joy; 
His father, dear father, was coming now! 
He knew he was coming to rescue his boy. 



^ Once safe on the ground he was orlad to remain ' 

^, And never a^^ain cared for a ride on the vane. > 

*' Many recollections have I about the old rail! : t 

<> The old mill which stood near mv home bv the shore; > 

j' And in fancv I plav. airain 'neath its shade. [ 

With dear ones <,rone to return never more. 
I One day at last it was found on tire; 

And soon, very soon, it was burned to the <rround. 

The old vanes seemed to be sayin^r farewell 

As the wind and the flames fast wiiirled them around. 

As the flames with the heat did crackle and roar 

I remember poor old iifi-andmother's friulit 

While watchiuf;: the work of the wind and the Hume, 

As in her old aire she gazed on the sight. 
The old land-mark has been gone for many a year, 
Yet in our memory it lingers still: 
We can never furget our-childhood da\s 
Spent on the shore and around the old niill. 

But old Bristol still stands in her glory todaj-. 

With her clean broad streets and beautiful trees. 

Wliere one maj' enjoy a drive through her streets 

And inhale the ever refreshing sea-breeze. 
The prospect is flne that I gaze on now 
From my window in this birth-place of mine : 

Not many can see from one room, like me. i 

The water, the country and town, at one time I 

O where can be found a prettier spot, i 

Roam through this wide world as you maj-, I 

Than Bristol. R. I., which stands on the shore ; 

Of the picturesque Xarragansett Bay? 


This house was built b}' Joshua Ingraham in 1745. He was the 
grandson of William Ingraham of Boston, one of the original pur- 
chasers of the Mt. Hope Lands, and one of the signers of what are 
known as the Grand Articles, whereby he came into possession of a 
thirty-second part of the Lands. The Articles were signed on the 
 27th of August, 1G80, "in the thirty -second year of the Reign of > 
i> our Sovereign Lord. King Charles the Second over England &c.'' > 

<. It is not the purpose of this article to prove ownership in land, > 

I at the early settlement of the town. We will state the fact that the > 

son of this landed proprietor, Timothy Ingraham. who was born in 



i Boston, came immediately after the purchase, to Bristol and made it 

I his home. He brought with him his bride only nineteen 3'ears of age, ,y 

1 and here were born their six sons and one daughter. Timothy owned | 

t and occupied a house on the southwest corner of Hope and Consti- ^ 

■* tution streets, and it is interesting to note that two of his descend- ■> 

ants of the sixth generation, one of whom is the writer of this 

article, own and occupy a house on the same site. Here was born 

on the first of July, 1705, Joshua Ingraham. j 

That Joshua took an interest and was active in town affairs is 
evident from the fact that, although somewhat advanced in years, he 
was elected in town-meeting, February 10th, 1774, as one of a com- 
mittee to draw up a series of resolutions giving expression to the 
sentiment of the town regarding the Boston Tea Party. He was 
twice married and the father of sixteen children. 
I . One square west, below his father's house, or, in the coloquial 
phrase of the town, "at the foot of Constitution St.," Joshua In- 
graham, in 1745, built the house, the subject of this sketch. In the 
garret, upon one of the beams, painted with black paint may be seen 
his initials: ''•J. I. 1747." For those early days it was a goodly 
habitation, indicating prosperit}' and refinement. It fronted upon 
the principal street, — Thames street. Every day, through summer's 
heat and winter's cold, the old stage-coach, coming into town from 
Providence, would roll on in its lumbering way, down Thames street 
to Burton, where it would turn, and going northward, would pass 
along Hope street. The house was spacious, two stories in height, 
with a good cellar and an attic. A fine, large garden, well kept, 
furnished the continually increasing family with vegetables. The 
door-way witli its somewhat peculiar ornamentation is suggestive of 
the colonial style of architecture, as also are the diminutive window- 
panes. The balustrade of the stair-way and the high quaint mantel- 
pieces overtopping the broad fireplaces bespeak the same early pe- 
riod. The southern and western windows have a fine outlook upon the 
Bay. The place must have indeed been regarded as beautiful for ! 
situation. To this house Joshua took his first wife and at least eight I 
i of his children. In this house his wife died ; and to this house he ^ 
\ took his second bride, Mary Richmond. She became the mother of [ 
^ five children, of whom Charlotte, born July ■2d, 1767, is the most j 
^ closely connected with this sketch. ^ 

^ In 1775 Bristol was bombarded by the British fleet. The story ' 

of the bombardment has been so often told it needs not to be re- 
peated here. The inmates of this house, in common with the other 
frightened inhabitants of the town, rushed towards the remote farm- 

< houses for shelter, leaving their houses unprotected. On their return 

i> the house was found to have been ransacked by some soldiers from 
the fleet. They had feasted upon all that the pantry contained, had 
stuck their sabres into the panels of the doors, and one door which 
they evidently had taken from its hinges apd used as a table, bore 
the marks of a three-legged kettle, which they had taken from the 
crane in the fire-place and, all hot as it was, had deposited upon this 
impromptu table. For many years these marks were shown as me- 
mentoes of the unceremonious visit of the British soldiers. 
j At an early age Charlotte Ingraham married Samuel Gladding 

I and became the mother of ten children. Samuel was a prosperous 
sea-captain and made voyages to the West Indies and to English 
ports. On the death of his father-in-law, Joshua Ingraham, by pur- 
chase from the otlier heirs Capt. Gladding became owner of the 
homestead, and for more than half a century it has been known as 
the "old Gladding house." One must needs draw upon the imagin- 
ation to picture the estate as it appeared prior to 1815 : — a spacious 
vegetable garden on the south ; abundant accommodations for the 
keeping of cows, pigs and poultry, which were a part of the possess- 
ions of every prosperous familj- in those early days ; a well built 
wharf reaching far out beyond the high-tide mark, u[)on which stood 
an extensive storehouse. To this wharf Capt. Gladding would 
bring his vessel and unload his valuable cargoes. His voyages were 
always prosperous and he became a rich man, as wealth was then 
reckoned. Capt. Samuel Gladding was a man who commanded the 
respect of all Avho knew hiin. He was a good citizen, upright and 
conscientious. His occupation seems not to have hardened him, as 
it is so often said to do, for he is remembered as a man of great 
kindness and generosity, and of verj' strong affections — especially 
towards his brother John, who seems to have been a special favorite. 
In his own family circle, he was an affectionate husband and a fond, 
indulgent father. The writer has now in her possession a china tea- 
set and several pieces of Moorish Lustre which he brought home, on t 
one of his voyages, to his daughter Eunice, as a wedding gift. He I 
lived to see three of this daughter's children ; the third one, bearing > 
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the flock. While still in the prime of life, Death claimed him as its 
pre}'. His widow still continued at the old homestead, in the midst 
of her children and grand-children. 

In 1784 by act of legislature slavery was to be gradually 
abolished in Rhode Island. Some old slaves who had spent nearly 
all tlieir life in their master's families refused to accept their freedom. 
"■Old Jack," who for 3ears had been a faithful servant, emphatically 
declared he would not leave his home and continued to live in the 
Gladding family. He grew old and bed-ridden, but was kindly and 
tenderly cared for. A picturesque figure this old black slave, with 
hair as white as snow, must have presented, lying upon his comfort- 
able bed and receiving kind care, yes, loving care from the mistress 
and her children ! Poor fellow ! He had been fortunate in finding 
a good home in a strange land. The story of Jack's faithful service 
I is still green in the memory of his master's descendants. 
I In less than two years after -Gapt. Gladding's death came the 

I great Gale of 1815. In the early morning the family looked out up- 
on a beautiful estate. Later in the day, the gale threatened such 
destruction, the house was not considered safe ; and the men, taking 
the women and children in their arms, carried them to a place of 
comparative safety. The next morning, when the winds had sub- 
sided and the waters had receded, a scene of desolation met the eye. 
Wharf, storehouse, indeed everything but the dwelling house had 
been swept away. The old stage-road too was gone. The sea had 
made such inroads that repairs were impossible. In proportion to 
the valuation of her property it has been often said that no one 
suffered so much as the Widow Gladding. The house was however 
made inhabitable once more and there Mrs. Gladding spent the re- 
mainder of her days. .She was the worthy wife of a noble husband. 
It is a story often told in the family that the first Sunday after their 
marriage Capt. Gladding said to his wife, ''Where shall we go to 
! church, my dear?" She dutifully replied, "With you, of course;" 
and ever after tbey were constant attendants at the Congregational 
church. For over twenty years after her husband's death, she lived 
^ a quiet, retired life. No word of repining ever fell from her lips, j 
1^ though bereavement and loss of property came upon her. She lived t 
i a Christian's life and died a Christian's death. Together husband ^ 
I" and wife lie side by side, in the P^ast Cemetery. May they rest in > 
*■ Peace. w 

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The old house continued, for man}' j'ears, to he occupied by 
their descendants. Later, it passed into the hands of strangers and 
l)ecame a tenement house. Its glor}' has departed and no one would 
recognize in its decaying walls the fair, colonial house of those prc- 
revolutionary days. The descendants of those early occupants are 
numerous and fill places of honor and responsibility. That so many 
of them are residents of Bristol indicates that love of home is still 
one of their strong traits of character, as it is a part of their 








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I Uncle H. was not Bristol born but made Bristol his home just ^ 

I before reaching his majority. On a pleasant Sunday afternoon in ^ 
^ the fall of 1847 our uncle Samuel S|)ark (uncle by marriage, his > 
\ wife being the youngest daughter of John Gladding the 6th), invited <^ 
[ us to go with him to the Bristol Common and the East Burial 
I Grounds. Uncle Spark was a dear good uncle. I always cherish his 
memory with love and respect. He was by nature a jurist, and might 
well have been called the town's oracle. He wns one of those ob- 
serving men that retained all the salient points of all he ever saw or 
handled. His object in taking me to the city of the dead was to in- 
struct me in matters concerning my ancestors. 

The early settlers buried their dead first on the Common, and 
later in the East Burial Grounds. i 

Now says uncle here repose the remains of half a score through i 
whom you can trace your ancestiy to the first settlers and founders 
of Bristol. And we have within the sound of our voice six paternal 
j grandfathers in true succession. The three first were buried some- 
[ where on the Common. The fourth was buried in the south east 
corner. These four had notliing to mark their resting place. The 
fifth and sixth were in the East Burial Grounds, and have proper 
stones to mark their resting place. Uncle cited other matters not 
directly connected with this subject. 

This monument might well be called the Monument of the Seven 
Johns, from these peculiar circumstances : The first-born to the 
Gladding family in America, for six generations in succession, was a 
son, and all named John, after their father, John the settler. I 
claim the first six as grand-parents, the seventh my father's brother. 
This one was buried at his adopted home, Pharsalia, Chenango Co., 
N. Y. 

Is not the foregoing sufficient reason for a strong desire that 
some monumental token of love and respect should be erected to 
their memory? 

Another incident I will mention here though it will be illustrated 
j and more fully brought out in another place. Uncle pointed out a ^ 
t common stone of the field with this inscription : 1G96. Mr. R. Smith. ^ 
f You will see, by the inscription on the monument, the third John > 
Gladding married Martha, daughter of Richard Smith. Through \ 
this Smith family we trace our genealogy direct to a first settler and 
founder of Bristol. This stone, with others, was removed from the 




Coinmou to the new grounds. The coninion stone, wiih its simple 
^ inscription, is now highly prized by liis numerous descendants. This 
< stone perhaps was the father of the thought of an unhewn stone 
<> monument. 

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' Your uncle II. is one of the present day, ever growing, impecu- 

nious class. Nevertheless, greatly desiring some move in this matter, 
and being an all around man, or Jack-at-all-trades, and feeling con- 
fident he could cut the inscription for the seven Johns, decided to 
start the matter. 

Last fall when I was out on my nephews' farm a granite boulder 
was selected to fill the place of a die for the monument and shipped 
to ray place. I shall ere long finish the lettering, and trust the whole 
matter will be completed this season. 

I have made this picture as a supplement to this article. It is 
only a pen-sketch, or relief plat, through the photo-process, still it 
is a correct picture, and the monument will be verj' much like it. 


Erected in memorv of John Gladding, who was one of the founders 
of Bristol town. Also for the first-born of his descendants in direct 
line to the 7th generation. 

1 John Gladding, the settler, died 1726, aged 84. 

2 John Gladding, married Alice, daughter of Uzell Wardell. 

3 John Gladding, born 169-t, married Martha, daughter of R. Smith. 

4 John Gladdidg, born 1717. Married Mary Drown, first wife; 2d, 

Hannah Short. Died 1785. 

5 John Gladding, born 1731>. Married Lucretia Smith. Died 1820. 

6 John Gladding, born 1762, married Rachel Tolbee. Died 1821. 

7 John Gladding, born 1784, married Nancy Coggeshall. Died 1839. 

Then- names with us can never perisli. 
For kindlv thouirhts of them we cherish. 


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William Jamks Gladding. 

Jud'^e William Gladding. 

William Gladding. 

William .1. Gladding. 

Judge William J. Gladding, at one time depnt}- United States 
marshal, under Daniel Lake, and later under Alexander Walker, 
died at his home on P:iist Twenty-first street, Sheepshead Bay, in the 
morning of February 26, 1895, in the 53(1 year of his age. Death 
was due to pneumonia. He was in usual health a week prior to his 
death. A widow, one son — William, ai)Out 20, — and two dauohters, 
— Mrs. Fred Lundy and Mrs. Weaker Lundy— survive him. 

Mr. Gladding had been a frequent contributor to the press, both 
as a writer and as an artist ; — his productions in the latter line often 
being seen in the comic periodicals. He was a regular contributor 
to the Kings County Journal. 



Tliis cliiipter is devoted to a bi-ancli of the Gladdiii.o- fainil}- which ha> been 
generous in the nse of tlie Chi'istian name William. 

Brief Sketches of Foui- members npon whom it has been bestowed. 

Witli I'oitraits. 

Written by .TuDGE William J. Gladding, of Sheepshead Bay, X. V. 

That tiie Chrislian name Williani has been a favorite with the 
nomenclalors of that branch of the Ghidding family to which Provi- 
dence has assigned me an hnml)ie place, is obvious from the fact that 
itiy grandfather, father, self, a nephew and a grandson have each in 
turn had bestowed upon us this more or less euphonious cognomen. 
Whether the English origin of the family, coupled with the fact of 
the name having l)een boine 1)y several of Great Britain's kings, 
beginning with Williani the First, commonly called William the Con- 
qneror, has i)rompted the liberal use of it among us, or whether it is 
because of the circumstance of its having predominated extensively 
as a prefix to the surnames of many who have played important 
parts in the world's history 1 know not, l)ut I do know that in our 
immediate family at least William has been perpetuated ; he has not 
been shelved long enough to permit of his growing rusty. He bobs 
up serenely and perennially and i.s ever in evidence. 

While writing this chapter, wMiich "Uncle Heni-y" is mainly re- 
sponsible for, the news has been communicated to me that my 
daughter Josephine has added a ten pound boy to the treasures of 
her household, and although the gleam of sunshine which brought 
with it the youngster has scarce faded into the twilight, the little 
fellow is already named. When the happy parents present their 
baby at the baptismal font of the little Methodist church at Sheeps- 
head Bay, (whose walls have oft resounded the music of his mother's 
voice) the name which he will there receive and by which he will for- 
ever after be known, will add another William to the list. God bless 
him ! The whisper of this name was associated with the earliest 
recollections of my childhood ; perhaps I fancied it possessed a 
musical cadence that was' pleasant to the ear because it came- from 
my mother's lips, and now in the autumn of life, its familiar mention 
greets me as an old song, that had its beginning in a lullaby and 
which will end in a requiem. 

The first of the name with whom my boyish days were associated 
was my grandfather William Gladding (of the seventh generation) ; 


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I he was the son of Josiah (13) and Hannah Gladding and was born 
I in the 3'ear 1798. P^aily in life he displayed a decided penchant for 
^ mechanical pnrsiiits and after receiving a fair education was appren- 
^ ticed to a painter at Albany, N. Y., in which city he resided the 
greater portion of his life. Soon after attaining his majority and 
marrying Miss Sophia Matilda Cain, who bore him twelve children, 
he embarked in the business of his choice "on his own account" 
and laid the foundation for a subsequent prosperous career. Before 
reaching middle age he enjoyed the distinction of being the most ex- 
tensive contracting painter in the community in which he lived, em- 
ploying at times as many as one hundred and fift}' men, in fact 
almost enjoying a monopoly of the trade of the city and its suburbs. 
The North River Steamboat Company was among his first patrons. 

My earliest impressions of art (which has through my life found 
in nie a sincere devotee) date from the moment when I gazed raptur- 
ousl}^ upon a decorative piece upon which my grandfather was at 
work. In all of his efforts the artistic sense was apparent and his 
taste in harmonizing color in ornamental work was remarkable. 
Successful in business and an employer of labor to a considerable 
extent, it was natural that political opportunities should present 
themselves. His inclination, however, did not run in that direction 
for, while affiliating with the Whig party and taking such an active 
interest in politics as all good citizens are supposed to take, he firmly 
and persistently refused to become a candidate for office. 
! My personal remembrance of him recalls an extremely good- 

natured man, fond of a practical joke and quick to perceive the sali- 
ent point of a humorous storv. Nature had been generous to him in 
the bestowal of her gifts both in form and feature. He was of com- 
pact build, of medium stature and extremely careful of his personal 
appearance. He seemed ever bubbling over with what appeared to 
be an effervescence of animal spirits and harmless fun. For a quar- 
ter of a century he continued to pursue the painting luisiness suc- 
cessfully until a few years previous to iiis dt'uiise when opposition 
i developed which was too powerful for him to cope with. Conditions -f 
t changed with time, and new men and new methods came upon the 

scene disputing the sni)remacy which he hatl held for so long a pe- | 
riod. The result was that about the year 1852 my grandfather de- | 
cided to move to New York City where his son (my father) resided, > 
leaving a brother Joseph and another brother Horace wlio remained 



at Albany and continued the business. His career in the Empire City 
was brief and uneventful. In 1854 he contracted a cold which sub- > 
sequently developed into a chronic bronchial affection from the effects > 
of which be died after a few months illness, in the fifty-sixth year of y 
his age. His remains were interred in Albany. 

William James Gladding, the next William in succession, my 
father, was born at Albany, N. Y., December, 1<S20, and was edu- 
cated at the Albany Academy, from which he graduated at the age 
of sixteen, and immediately after began his commercial life at War- 
renton, North Carolina, where he obtained employment in a country 
store in which everything was sold, from the proverbial "■shoe string 
to a hogshead of molasses.'' His experiences in the south were 
pleasant and the impression of southern hospitality which he received 
in his youthful days was after happil}' referred to during the remain, 
der of his life. He remained in Warrcnton four years, and about 
1841, filled with praiseworthy desire to better his condition, returned 
north and soon after secured a position as assistant paying teller in 
the Phoenix Bank of New York City, through the influence of Fide- 
lius Avery, my maternal grandfntlier, who was for half a century 
connected with the Merchants Bank in the said city and whose 
daughter Sophia Elizabeth he married in 1842 and by whom he had 
ten children. ! 

Several years of banking life and a returning desire to engage 
in mercantile business resulted in his embarking in the grocery trade. 
Successful at the start, a too ambitious effort to duplicate the success 
of one store led to the establishment of others, and after a struggle, 
handicapped with inability to secure capital, he was obliged to suc- 
cumb to the inevitable and surrender his propeity to his creditors. 
A number of years later he settled all his outstanding liabilities. 
Undaunted by this failure, he immediately after became connected 
with the firm of E. W. Tryon & Co., clothiers, with whom he re- 
mained as general manager many years. Upon the death of the se- 
nior member of the firm my father formed a copartnership with the 
junior member, and the firm of Eaton & Co., and subsequently Glad- 
ding & Co. was formed. The latter continued in business ten years. f 
In 1855 a panic came; trade suffered in consequence: collections fell 
ofl!" and the result was another assignment. The mantle of charity 
is magnanimously permitted to obscure the recital of the misdeeds of 
a partner long since deceased, to whose indiscretion the downfall of 
the firm could in a great measure be attributed. 


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The few years succeeding were comparative!}' unproductive but ' 
^ not entirely discouraging. The ups and downs which characterize 
I the lives of the average man were borne with patient resignation ; ' 

< and he accepted "fortune's buffets and rewards with equal grace." > 

< That the future would develop some new enterprise Avas probable, > 
, nay, almost sure, if health and strength remained. He determined 

that reverses and disappointment should not effectually crush but 
rather stimulate renewed effort. His determination was justified, 
for the year 1876, the centennial year, brought with it the foundation 
of a business which eventually developed into the most successful 
venture of his career. The manufacture and sale of his specialty 
known as "Gladding's Hoof Dressing." together with other standard 
stable preparations of his manufacture, assumed in a few years a 
magnitude which entirel}' exceeded his most sanguine expectations. 
Veterinar}' surgeons recommended his goods and the trade mark 
which he adopted with its motto '-purest and Ijest" was literallj' as 
well as descriptively adhered to. Tcxlay his preparations are sold 
and recommended in almost every state in the Union. 

The attainment of this success was the result of laborious and 
well directed effort. The introduction of an}' article in the market, 
no matter how meritorious it may be, is always attended by numer- 
ous difficulties, and was particularly so in my father's case, as every 
dollar of his limited capital had only one source from which to em- 
anate. — honest toil. 

Commencing his "new departure" at an advanced age, with in 
reality as his principal stock in trade an al)undantly ripe experience 
and a liberal share of determination, during the closing days of his 
life he reaped the I'eward of his labor, deriving from his business an 
income which enabled him to enjoy God's temporal blessings to an 
extent in keeping with his modest tastes, and to bestow with a lavish 
hand practical help upon man}' whom fortune had frowned upon. He 
was almost prodigal in his generosity. His charities were dispensed 
with so liberal a hand that his estate was materially crippled at his 
decease in consequence thereof. In the heighth of business pros- 
perity and with every prospect apparently of continuing his useful- 
ness for many years, on the third day of May, IS'JO, he was stricken > 
I with apoplexy, and with the passing of the twilight on the day when y 
( attacked by the malady, his spirit passed peacefully away. So quiet . 
indeed was his departure that my sister had approached his couch 
with gentle step to speak a word in gentlest whisper, and failing to ^t, 
^■'-- receive an answer, leaned closer only to receive the sliock and lind 
that all was over. Requiescat in pace. 


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i Modesty prevents my personal attention to too great an extent [ 

I to tlie William that followed. He has been with me since my birth 

1^ and has never forsaken me. His constancy has been perpetual in 

t joy and in sorrow, in prosperity and adversity, in sickness and in 

' health. When I chance to gaze in my mirror I am confronted with 

the image of a man whose sparse hair is tinged with silver ; and yet 

it seems not so long ago when I looked in that same glass and a 

boy's face with sunny curls met my gaze. The writer is the William 

now under consideration. I nuist let others speak for me for "■little 

shall I grace my cause in speaking of myself." 

The following excerpts prove the magnanimity with which my 
brethren of the Press have dealt with one who appreciates but feels 
undeserving of the kind sentiments which have been bestowed upon 
him with too lavish hand. 

The Eagle and Brooklyn says: "A comparatively young man 
who for a number of years has been identified with public affairs at 
Sheepshead Bay is Justice William J. Gladding. He has lived at 
Sbeepshead Bay for sixteen years and was born in New York City 
June 15th, 1843. He began active life in 1861, engaging in the pho- 
tographic art, and originated the specialty of the making up and 
selling collections of portraits of celebrities. He remained in this 
business nine years and then became a partner in the Greenpoint 
Straw Hat Works, where he remained until 1882. Diu'ing these 
years Mr. Gladding was a frequent contributor to the public press, 
both as writer and aitist, his productions in the latter line being 
often seen in the comic periodicals of the day. After a residence of 
ten years in the section which is his present home, he became act- 
ively interested in politics, and when Daniel Lake was appointed 
United States Marshal for the Eastern District of New York, Mr. 
Gladding was made Chief Deputy. Upon the death of Marshal 
Lake and the succession of Alexander Walker to the office, Mr. 
Gladding continued as Deputy until 1894. In April, 1891, he was 
elected a Justice of the Peace and took his seat upon the bench at 
Sheepshead Bay January 1st, 1892. For four years he was treas- 
4 urer of the local Fire Department in the community where he resides ^ 
I and is a member of Fortitude Lodge F. and A. M., also of Franklin > 
I Lodge I. O. O. F. and Montague Council, of the Home Circle, and 

for many years has been a regular contributor to the Kings Count}- , 




Biooklvn Ea^le, Jiinuarv 2, 1.S92 : "On Ne.v Year's dav the 
Town had a brand new Police Justice inaugurated in the person of 
William J. Gladdinir. His uniform politeness in his previous official ^ 

positions has won him golden opinions from all who have come in > 
contact with him. He is ver}' popular with the people of the district 
and will no doubt make an excellent justice." 

Tlie following is taken from the Kings County Journal of June 
20, 1894, the date of niy fifty-first birthday: "A Birthday Basket 
of Roses. A lawn party was given by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lundy at 
their attractive residence on Voorhees avenue, Sheepshead Bay, last 
Friday evening in honor of the birthday of Judge Gladding, Mrs. 
Lundy's father. The affair was quite informal and a complete sur- 
prise to the Justice. About forty couples participated in the festiv- 
ities. A number of Japanese lanterns furnished the illumination for 
the dancers, who "tripped the light fantastic toe" on Nature's green 
carpet. Gilbert's orchestra furnished the music. Late in the even- 
ing supper was served on the lawn. A number of ladies were present 
whose pretty midsummer toilettes vied with the kaleidoscopic effects 
of the lanterns, the combination producing a charming contrast of 
color. At the head of the table Mrs. Josephine Lundv, another 
daughter of Judge Gladding, placed a basket of fifty-one Jaquemet 
roses, emblematical of the number of years of her father's life. At 
the urgent solicitation of the guests, the recipient of all these honors 
made a brief speech, thanking all present for their congratulations 
and expressed tiie wish tliat many happy years of life would be 
vouchsafed to tlicm all, and that their pathways should be figuratively 
strewn with roses as free from thorns as were those beautiful blooms 
in the basket which graced the head of the table. Then all present 
sang "For he's a jolly good fellow," and dancing was resumed and 
continued until midnight. The weather was delightful, a gentle sea 
breeze rendering dancing enjoyabU'. ;uid thus ended the celebration 
of the Judge's fifty-first birthday." 

In connection with the official duties of a Police Justice an 

admirable op|)ortunity is afforded the incumbent of the office to 

studv human nature. Many odd incidents occur; in this connec- ' 

tion the including of some clippings from newspapers which have > 

chronicled a few which have come under my Jurisdiction may be y 

apropos. f 

New York World. August , 1S94 : "Mrs. Etta Frichte, an 


•< attractive bloude, came to the Sheepshead Bay Police Station last .y 
I night followed by a crowd. Her face and hands were covered with | 
I blood which flowed from her nose. She told Judge Gladding that her ^ 
husband had beaten her, and an ofHcer was sent to arrest hiin. At > 
the police station Frichte declared that he had not struck his wife 
but said that during an argument he was gesticulating and Mrs. 
Frichte ran against his fist. She called him a brute and reiterated 
that he bestowed too much attention npon other ladies. Judge Glad- 
ding locked the luisl)and up and advised Mrs. Frichte not to live with 
him if he were cruel. ''Oh, I could not leave him," she sobbed, as 
she rubbed the blood from her nose over her left eye, presenting the 
I appearance of an Indian in war-paint. "Judge, he is so handsome 
and that's why 1 love him so." A few hours later Frichte promised 
to do better and as the wife refused to press the charge, the husband 
was discharged." 
' New York Herald, Augnst 3 : "Wanted to Wed in a Rush. 

Loud knocking at the door of Justice Gladding's house at midnight 
Wednesday awoke the Justice, who poked his head out of a second- 
story window. The noise was made l)y a young couple who expressed 
a wild desire to be made man and wife as soon as possible. Justice 
Gladding informed them that he did not propose to perform any mat- 
rimonial ceremonies at such a grave3'ard hour, but said he would tie 
the knot, if everything was favorable, when the sun resumed business 
in the morning. The couple said they would call again. They did. 
They were around at five o'clock and the Justice rather than break 
his word got out of bed and in a suit of pajams united the couple. 
The bridegroom was William Henry Barker and the bride Miss Laura 
Yansort. Barker said he was a druggist in hard luck. For the sum- 
mer he was dispensing liquid beverages at Manhattan Beach. He 
said he was in a hurry to get married before he went to work for the 
day. He is good looking and his wife very pretty. Justice Gladding 
did not kiss the bride ; jjerhaps it was because his cook was acting as 

Brooklyn Eagle, July 10, 1893 : "Justice Gladding's Missing ^ 
i Fee. Justice Gladding is often called upon to perform the marriage ' 
^ ceremony. He had a peculiar case a few evenings since which he > 
I thinks beats the record for nerve. A pair called upon him to have > 
] the nuptial knot tied. The prospective bride and her friends were 
soubrettes of the Coney Island type and all Catholics. The Judge 

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remonstrated with them and advised tlieni to be married in tiie clinrch. > 
He considered it the proper thing to do even thongli a marriage by > 
him was perfecth' legal and l)inding. All of his arguments were of ,( 
no avail and his eloquence was wasted. Ncjlhing would s:\tis(y the t 
pair except that the Justice should many them. They complied with 
every formality and he could not see his way to refusing to perform 
the ceremony. Wiien it was over he asked the witnesses to subscribe 
their names to the certificate, and one of them refused to do so. 
"What is your name?" asked the Judge. "JNlary Casey, sir," replied 
the damsel. ••^Vell. Mar^", write vour name here," said the Judse 
paternally, as he pointed to the document. "I'd rather not," said 
Mary. Finall}', after much persuasion, Mary took the pen in her 
hand, grasping it with the point projecting below the little linger, and 
scored an immense cross upon the record. The party then left with- 
out any further ceremony, and the Justice gently called back the 
groom. He said to him. "Don't you think, young man, that you 
have forgotten something? Don't you think that independent of the 
pecuniar}' part of the transaction, for which 1 care nothing, you 
ought at least to have thanked me for having performed the cere- 
mon}'? You might say 3'ou are short of money, or something of the 
kind." "Oh, dat's all right, Jedge. Just you wait a moment and 
I'll go outside and git lifty cents otf de gerl." "Never mind, go 
away and l)uy a bouquet for the bride," replied the Judge wearilj-. 
And the bridegroom went." 

I will not trespass upon tlie indulgence of the reader ])y (juoting 
more of the manifold notices of a similar nature which make up my 
scrap book and wiiich if printed in one volume would afford an inter- 
esting insight to the life of a police justice. 

I desire to place myself on iccoid as apologizing for the crude 
efforts (previously menti(tned) which in my youth I intlicted U[)on an 
inoffensive jjublic in the mistaken belief that nature intended me for 
an artist. I have endeuvoied to make at(Miement liy leliiujuishing 
the use of the brusli many years ago. Nowadays, wiien I am in- 
duced by the gentle reminder of my wife that some portion of the 
interior of our dwelling needs touching up. I I'eluciantiy take it up, ^ 
but only to use it in connection with "readv mixed paint for house- [ 
hold use." [ 

< My uncle Willard was probably the most piominent artisticall\- \ 

of any of my immediate relatives. His family portraits, heroic A^ 




.j painting of Wasliington, and other examples of his skill, now in our 
family, are distinguished for admirable treatment and faithfulness to 
their originals. It has been remarked more than once that the Albany 
•' Gladdings were born with paint brushes in their hands. It is a fact, 
however, that a taste for drawing has developed at an extremely earl}' 
age with most of my kindred. I am told that I could "draw a horse" 
almost as soon as I could talk, and that it was not considered neces- 
sary to append the name of the beast to distinguish it from other 
creatures belonging to the animal kingdom. 

The last of the Williams whose memory it is my sad privilege to 
chronicle in this volume, William George Gladding, (belonging to 
the tenth generation) was the son of Asa W. and Laura, daughter of 
A. Connover of New York City. This bright young man whose span 
of life encompassed but twenty years, bid fair to realize a career rich 
in golden promise. An apt scholar, his gi'aduation from school at 
sixteen was rapidly followed by his installation in a clerical position 
with a firm identified with the Produce exchange of the City of New 
York. Here he remained until within a few months of his demise. 
His brief business career was characterized by all the attributes which 
usually attend the development of a successful man : attentive to his 
duties, ambitious and possessed of an inherent shrewdness that fore- 
shadowed thrift, the future seemed for him fidl of encouragement. 
But the realization never came. An incurable disease developed 
which at first received ]»ut passing thought, but whose deadly work, 
like an insidious growth which stealthily entwines itself upon a 
stately tree onl}' to sap from it its vitality, soon manifested itself with 
all the terror of its malign destructfulness. A trip to Dakota was 
determined upon. It was thought that the climate of this section of 
the far west might restore his health. Alone, handicapped by physi- 
cal prostration, he felt that tlie effort for life should be made, that it 
was worth the trial, and while those near and dear to him knew in 
their aching hearts that the effort was a hopeless one, this brave 
young man started on his journey. He reached his destination, the 
^ trip having been made by slow degrees, only to find that the boon of 
I health wliich he sought was far beyond tlie power of balmy atmos- 
■• pliere or any known earthly power to restore. Then, realizing for 
the lii'st time perhaps that his case was hopeles, the longing for home 
came, and mother, and all the dear ones whum he had left behind. 

In this hour of trial and affection his courage never failed. His pluck 
was remarkable ; his bravery indeed was phenomenal. He started at 
once on his return trip with one thought uppermost in his mind, — to 
reach home to die. His last wish was '-to die with mother." Fate 
ruled that this should be gratified. A few days after his arrival death 
ended his suffering, on the 11th of August, 1892, just one day after 
his twentieth birthday, he having been born August 10, 1872. 

lu tlie natural order of events, someone, at some future time, 
will like myself take up the self-imposed task of chronicling brief 
histories of other Williams in our famil}' as j'et unborn. That time 
will bring them upon this mundane sphere is as certain as fate. As 
the tomb closes upon one, the cradle unfolds its protective influence 
for another. As one in bent form, with whitened locks totters upon 
his staff towards eternity another in cherub form and dimpled cheeks 
and feature comes upon the scene. The withered flower is replaced 
by the fairest bud, and thus William will like the brook "•go on for- 

That those to follow may be God loving, upright citizens, true 
to themselves, their country and their creator, is the fervent wish of 
the writer of this chapter. 

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<- By the finger of time on the dial, 

t A hundred years liave been told 

<> Since our fore-father with faith undaunted 

Went out from the slieltered home fold. 

Into the unlinown future, 

Into the paths untrod 
Or marred by the fino'er of man : — 

Fresh from the liand of (iod I 

O brave were the noble women. 
And a courao-e born of God 

Inspired the sturd\' yeoman 
As he looked on the virgin sod. 

He knew God had implanted 
This purpose witliin his breast. 

To give to his children unborn 
A home bj' liis labor blest. 

For them he braved the seas, 
For them the untried shore. 

For them he toiled and trusted. 
And conquered a new world's lore. 

Snug in its rugged beauty 
He built of the timber wild. 

A tiny, leaf-crowned liome-nest. 
To shelter his wife and child. 

Then from this sheltered home nest 

Our father's father went. 
He answered the spirits calling — 

'Twas His bidding: he was sent. 

Ah ! he was the emancipator. 
The counselor of the oppressed. 

God had a work for him to do, — 
He followed His behest. 

O, Dear old *-Xorth West Corner", 

To us the musical sound 
Is as the ripples of laughing waters 

By the glorious sunlight crown'd. 

Here our Grandfather did his life-work, 
The hero of his day. 

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Never the poor oppressed, forsaken, 
From his door was turned away. 

Never the downtrodden 

Stretched out the pleadhio- hand 
But he felt the warm clasp of a brother 

And was oathered into the band. 

He spoke for the cause of the people; 

Held the law of God above man's; 
He heard each cry for help and gave 

Unto their outstretched hands. 

And when, the measure of days fultilled, 

He heard the midnight call. 
On shoulders worthy to wear it 

Did his mantle of virtue fall. 

Then from over the threshold 

To his last resting place 
They bore that which was mortal 

To give to ''God's acre'' grace. 

And his son, our father. 

When his father's work was o'er, 
Did honor to the teachings 

Of him who had gone before. 

In his life no stain of dishonor, 

Insinceiity or sham : 
He lived for truth, God and freedom. 

And the brotherhood of man. 

A goodly heritage is ours 

Of character and worth — 
Far more to be coveted 

Than the accidents of birth. 

And the low roofed cottage — 
Its picture here you may see — 

Is dear by its sacred memories. 
Its childish joys, to me. 

No palace, grand, imposing, 

Of marble, brass, or stone. 
Is as dear as the vine-clad cottage 

In my loyal heart enthroned. 

With its wide stretching tields, 
Its orchard and its hill, 







The old ^ulf, deep and grand, 
Witli its waters, nois}-, and still. 

Its rugged, moss-covered rocks; 

The grove of hemlocks be3'oud; 
The Bear's Cave, and the cool, cool spring — 

Xo nectar so sweet have I found. 

O, memorv will always cherish, 

And hang in a guarded place, 
This picture so lovel3% so dear, 

So full of a tender grace. 

Nancy Corlyn Gladding Beebe. 


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We attempt in the picture. Love Rocks Sliore. to portray the southern j 
portion of Bristol shore adjacent to Walker's Cove, and the Love Rocks 
shore as it appeared in the founders' days. The view is from the upper 
front windows of the old Gladding house, corner of Hope and Walley st. 
The wind-mill (burnt 1849) was at the foot of Walley st.. near the shore. 
The trail on which the settler with his cattle is snaking the log became 
Bristol's main street. 

Rugged and strong is the old Gladding house, 

That was builded a hundred years ago. 

It stands near where the old. old house stood, 

That was built years and years before. 

What of that? An old house: like many an other; not better nor worse. 

Ah, but this was my grandfather's house! 

And here my father, with sisters three. 

And brothers live, passed all tlieir youthful days. 

They pLayed their plays as other children did, 

And in schooling days, their place at school 

Each one was sure to fill. 

At church on Sabbath days you were sure to see 

That row of rounded faces, in pink and white. 

All crowned with curly hair. 

Their garden wall was low but long. 
And sweeping round enclosed a village square: 
In this, and In tlie mill-lot too. 
The onion and the carrot, the Bristol staples, grew. 

This dear old house I it ever hath charms for me : 

It's a link, a tie, that carries me back to years gone by. 

This place the home of my kindred for centuries has been. 

With pencil and pen I will try to portray 

By a landscape, and thoughts in our muse. 

Of the varying views from the dear old house by the sea. 

In our muse from its upper western window panes 

We see the weather-beaten shingles on the old wind-mill, 

Its rotary top, and its stumpy weather-vane, 

The slats and sails on its long angled vanes. 

I hear its creaking wooden gears, and the whirring stones. 

All these did well their part, and filled a want. 

In our forefathers' days. 

As o'er the scene I look I see the ever shifting tide; 
The lazy moving clouds, beneath the arching blue; 
The fishhawk with wings spread wide 
With grace and ease skims o'er the seas. 

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The points and headlands, and the ishinds, botli far and near. 

Encircled by the flowing tides: 

The far ott" land that seems to separate 

The water from the sky. 

On the near by shore T see the clam-man, 

His basket, and wheelbarrow, and. basket and hoe in hand, 

Seeking the luscious Rhode Island clam. 

Were these things so a hundred years ago? 

Did the gorgeous butterfly on great flapping wings go floating by? 

Or was the bumblebee so neatly dressed 

In bulf, and yellow, and bottle-green? 

On gauzy wings did he sing mow-wou-owu 

A hundred years ago? Yes: a hundred j'ears ago 

The flowers their sweets did yield the butterfl\^ and bee to feed. 

^Ij' thoughts ran back along the stream of time. 

E'en back to when the red man dwelt upon these shores. 

Yes; I saw the anxious look upon his face 

While as j-et the curling smoke rose o'er their wigwam flres. 

A forlorn-hope had the3'^ ; yet the}^ strove with might and main 

Their cherished rights to maintain. 

And I saw the usurpers' blood-stained hand 

Drive him from his wigwam fires, and their cherished lands. 

By conquest their lands the crown doth claim. 

And seeks for men with pounds and pence to buy this stolen wealth. 

[The Mount Hope lands (the Indian name was Pokonoket) were sold 
Sept., 1680, to John Whaley, ^'athan Oliver. Kathaiiiel Byfield and Stephen 
Burton. The consideration was eleveu hundred pounds of current money 
of New England.] 

Could these muiinming winds, or moving tides, talk I 

And would tell us the things we wish to know 

About these sturd\' pioneers in this wild and wooded land. 

It was here, almost within one year, three score and more 

Of these hard}' pioneers were settled. 

With the very first from Plymouth Colony, 

With hopes as high as heaven, our ancestors, 

^Vith a goodly number more. 

Migrating to the westward, came to settle here. 
) Was this a "•western fever" move? 
r Such thej" called it in those early times. 

I From the first, in Roger's land, religious freedom was. for all. 
I Here the Baptist or the (Quaker no longer need fear 

The intolerant lash, or the noose in the rope, dungeon, or jail. 



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In all the churches, with steeples so tall. 

The rich, and the poor, their doctrines conld teach, 

All tearless of laws. 

The Qnal<er. in his tidy brown chnrch in tiie lane, 

Would calmly wait for the spirit to move. 

From our perch by the western window pane. 
In our muse, we lecall the tradition-talk 

About one John Gladding:, a venturous lad. just passing his teens. 
With faith undaunted, went forth 
From the scenes of his childhood. 
His kindred and his parental home-fold. 
Fearless and alone did he cross the briny deep 
To a land, a world to him unknown. 

Here he cast his lot with the Tilj^rim band on Plymouth shore. 
With hi^h hopes, and strong riyht arm, he wrouo^ht 
With Nature's bounties to make a home of his own. 
In Alice, a dauj^hter of this Fil;^rim band. 
He found an helpmate, to share his home. 

When near two score years of hopes and fears 
Of this short and chan^^ing life had passed away 
We tind our ancestor once more upon the briny deep, — 
This time in a larg^e market-boat. — 

With all his cfoods and store, his wife, and children four 
Bound for the Xarragansett Bay, manned bj' a clanish crew. 
Our worthy grandsire master 
And our grandam mate, and supercarjio too, 
While the younger fry made up the crew. 

Again we scan the horizon o'er 
For life upon these waters blue; 
Not for life upon a steam-propelled craft. 
No, no! The thing was not so much as dreamed of then. 
While o'er these matters we muse 

Our craft, with her precious freight, has reached her destination. 
Now we see them in this new and untried field. 
Their hope and faith have brouglit them here 
With full intent to stay, all secure, happy and free. 
With willing hand-^, and nature's resources 
Open to all, all may be happ}'' and free. 

Happy and free in open camp, they will "'rough it" a while. 
But see! they have a cow, and a mother sow. 
With lots of little pigs. 
And boxes and bundles a score. 
I see! a reel, a great, and little spinning wheel. 
No doubt our Puritan grandam is portrayed in Prov. ;^1 : 



TJ: She laj-eth lier hand to the spindle, and her hands holdeth tli(> dis- 

21 : Slie is not alVaid of tlie snow for her hoiiseliohl : for all her house- 
hold are clothed with scarlet. 

27: She looketh well to the ways of her honschoid. and eateth not the 
bread of idleness. 

28: Her children rise up. and call her blessed : hei- husband also, and he 
praiseth her. 


I Alleged Facts said to b3 authaiticated by Rssearchss of Rev. Dr. Washington 
^ Gladden, Columbus. 0. 

X From histoiical matter found in the British Museum the following 

I has been compiled. 

I The primitive ancestors of the Gladding family were Scandina- 

! vians of the name of Montpicket, and dwelt for man}' years in an 
old castle situated on the wild and rugged coast of Norway. It is 
stated that the women of this old famil}- were noted for their virtue 
and great beauty, and the men, for bravery and intelligence of such 
high order that the}' were recognized as leaders in the many military 
enterprises of their countrymen. So marked their military ability 
that Rolf, a young Norwegian chief, appeals to the Montpickets of 
his time for instructions and advice in regard to a contemplated mili- 
tary expedition of the Scandinavians into France, of which he is the 
leader. They advise him to renounce the policy of bloodshed and 
plunder heretofore followed by his countrj-men on like expeditions 
and to effect, with as little bloodshed as possible, a permanent Scan- 
dinavian settlement in that country. Rolf heeded their advice, and 
in time, as all students of history know, succeeded with but little 
bloodshed in compelling king Charles to formally cede to him the 
province which from its new lord and his warriors has henceforth 
borne the name of Normandy. Not only did the Montpickets coun- 
sel the young chief, but two members of the family, Charles and 
Henr}', accompanied him on his warlike enterprise and were of great 
service to him throughout the entire campaign. At its close Henry 
returned to his native land, but Charles settled in Normandy, by the 
side of his chief, and in time became one of his greatest barons. 

Charles' descendants, for many generations, were an honor to his 

great name. They were honored throughout the province as barons 

of influence and ability, but none greater than Louis and Robert 

Montpicket, who were followers of the great duke William, and in 

his conquest of England fought gallantly at his side. In *.he battle 

of Hastings (1066) Louis was killed, but Robert lived to see William 

crowned king of England and to receive from that distinguished ^ 

i- individual some of the confiscated estate of the Anglo-Saxons as a t 

< reward for his services. With this Robert Montpicket the genealogy <^ 

^; proper of the family begins. •> 

^; At the close of the conquest Robert settled in Essex, and during '> 

his life held that and an adjoining shire as a baronage from the king 





He had two sons, William Montpicket and Charles Gemon (Gemon 
being the Norman French of Montpicket.) Charles, who had a 
great barony in Lincolnshire, had two sons. From his elder son, 
William de Montpicket, descended the barons of that name whose 
i- seats were at Overstead, Essex, and Montpicket town, London, of 
which city the Montpickets were standard bearers or militar}- chiefs 
in time of war. The younger son, Alared, who retained his father's 
surname of Gemon. had large estates in P^ssex and Middlesex and 
was a member of the king's privy council. His only son, Matthew, 
born 1185, was for man}' 3-ears the king's chamberlain. Matthew 
had one son, Ralph Gemon. who was the father of William Gemon, 
who had two sons, James and Goderfy. James was born in 1205, 
was counsellor of Richard I, and founder of the great line of Gem- 
ons who hold estates to this day in Essex, Suffolk and Derby. God- 
erfy, the younger son, surnamed De Cavendish from his estate in 
Cavendish, was the father of Roger Cavendish who married the 
Duchess of New Castle, by whom he had one son. Sir John Caven- 
dish, chief justice of Richard IL Sij; John was connected by mar- 
riage with the Petcevais''aiMi--'Kagt"ings-. and was the father of two 
sons, Richard an^ Fhl'g'tv.^-.Hu^lHad' no issue. Richard had one 
son, named Osberi. "'• ^^6ert having quarreled with his famih" re- 
nounced its name! and.,tm>fc"tll'i^nanie^>'Df his estate Gladesfer as a 
surname, (which was a cu^'oco.liv-fto-Ttife'ans uncommon at that time). 
The name Gladesfer was probably used to designate a glade or open 
swampy place in the forest. Osbert's only son, Edward, changed 
the name to that of Gladewin, and his immediate descendants 
changed Gladewin to Gladwin, and from Gladwin, as can be shown 
by numerous records, was derived Gladou, Gladdon. Gladding, 
Glading, Gladdin and Gladen. 






Mary Ingraham Gladding (b. Sept. 14, 1808), was born in tiie old > 
homestead. She was but five years old when her father died, and 4 
continued to live with her mother in the old home until her mother's 
death in 1835. She then entered the home of her sister Martha and 
lived there until her death. In this sister's family she was always 
the read}' helper and the children knew very little difference between 
their own mother and aunt Marv. She was a member of the Conore- 1 
gational church and much given to good works ; though not having 
much of her own to bestow, she was often made llie almoner of the 
bounty of others. Her willing feet would travel through mud and 
snow, through sunshine and storm, to carry comfort to the suffering 
and her ear was always ready to listen to their tale of sorrow. It 
was on some such errand that she met her pastor, the Rev. Dr. Shep- 
ard, when, upon her telling him what she was about to do, he said, 
"Mary, we must call you the Good Samaritan", and the name clung 
to her, in spite of her protestations, from that time. She died in the 
simple, childlike faith in which she had lived, and according to her 
own request was buried by the side of her mother in the old burying- 
ground east of the common. 


Allen I. Gladding, the subject of this sketch, and the eldest child 
of Richard Smith and Martha Claik Gladtiing, was born in Bristol, 
R. I., Dec. 3, 1815. and was educated in the schools of that town. 
In his early manhood he learned the cooper's trade, and later fol- 
lowed the sea some and made one whaling voyage. At the age of 
twenty-five he married Abby M. Brown, the ceremony being per- 
formed by Rev. John Busted, in St. Michael's church, of which Mr. 
Busted was then rector. He soon found that sea life was not to his 
taste ; neither would it satisfy his ambitious disposition. At the age 
of thirty-four, during the first gold excitement in California, he joined 
a party about to seek their fortunes in the new country. Leav- 
ing wife, children and friends, he embarked on a sailing vessel and '^ 
after a long and stormy passage around Cape Horn arrived in San 4 
Francisco in Jan., 1850. He opened a large general merchandise <> 
store. In 1851 he returned to Rhode Island for his wife and children. t 
En route he was taken with the Panama fever and nearly died. His 


horae-going was a sad one as during his absence death had taken his 
oldest ehiUl, an unusually bright girl, between whom and her father 
^, was a strong mutual attachment. Accompanied by his wife and f 
J three remaining children he returned to California, by way of the •♦■ 
isthmus of Panama ; and from this time until his death he made Cal- 
ifornia his home, several times visiting the home of his childhood. 
During one of these visits he completed and had published the 
"Gladding Chart." In preparing this chart his son Allen was a most 
valuable assistant, as he took a great pride and interest in it. An 
adept with his pen he spent months in preparing it, and only lived to 
see the completed work. At twenty-three years of age he was a vic- 
tim of typhoid fever, and in 18G7 the family returned to California. 

Mr. Gladding then entered the real estate business, which he con- 
tinued until incapacitated by illness. Overwork and close application 
brought on paralysis, with which he was atliicted for several years, 
and during this time his wife and youngest son died. 

Like most of the early Californians Mr. Gladding had his financial 
ups and downs. It was characteristic of the pioneers. Money was 

I freely made and easil}- lost. Mr. Gladding was of that class of use- 
ful persons who seek to enrich the world with muscle and brain. It 
was his disposition to be generous to a fault. When he had money 
it was free as water to all, and many a man did he give a start, that 
is now prosperous. Always ready to respond to calls of charit3\ 
In religion he was an earnest Elpiscopalian. He was baptized, 
confirmed, and married in 8t. Michael's church, Bristol, R. I. 

To help plant the church in his adopted home was one of his first 
efforts. He was one of the founders of Grace Church in San Fran- 
cisco, and when he moved to Oakland in 1<S();> he was one of the 
number to found St. Paul's, of which he was elected and con- 
tinued Senior Warden until his death. Contributing freely, he ever 
tried to promote its welfare. One who knew him as his rector de- 
scril)es him as "foremost in good works, always active, and in his 
place, — a man thoroughly to be depended upon." 

Late in life many sad changes came to his lot but his noble soul 

A- retained cheerfulness and faith through all. 

I In 1.S8.S he visited the scenes of his boyhood for the last time. 

J Returning to Oakland in October of that year, the following Febru- 

I ary he entered into rest. 


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As I sit by my window today 

A beautiful picture I see : 
The harbor, its islands and points 

Make a charming picture for me. 

The Ferry point lies at my left, 
The point of Popasquash at my right. 

Between these points Hog Island lies, 
And Prudence, with its beacon light. 

Beyond Hog Island and Ferry point 
The island of Rhode Island stands, 

Noted for its lovely city queen. 
And its thrifty farming lands. 

Two other is^les make up the whole. 
Set '•i'nthe?*6 rippling watery blue. 

Castle and WalkerV is-le., they have 
Their charins tJi.oi^gJj'ihej'be few. 

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Walker's isle! the dear little spot :— 
In vacation, done with book and class. 

How oft we went to this dear little isle I 

Happy childhood days, how soon they pass! 

Castle Island with beacon strong. 
Built by our grandsire years ago. 

Still stands to warn the sailor of 
Dangerous rocks that lie below. 

As out on this picture I gaze 

I think of our ancestors gone; 
To them as well as us it was 

A picture fair to look upon. 

Two hundred years and more ago, 
Grandsire with wife and children four 

From Plymouth to Bristol sailed his craft 
And landed on the Love Rocks shore. 

He toiled on from year to year; 

He taught his children right, from wrong, 
They helped to build this grand old town 

For they increased in numbers strong. 




Thoj' bad their homes as we liave now :- 
They sailed o'er these waters blue; 

Thej' rowed, and fished, tlie same as we. 
And visited tiie islands too; 

Gazed on this picture same as we. 
At even-tide, at morn, at noon; 

Looked on the lovely sunset clouds 
And ":azed on the silver v moon. 


I look on the lovely sunset clouds 

••With a feelintr akin to awe," 
For picture like this was never seen, 

On canvas was never placed, for 

No artist yet could ever sketch 

Tiiose colors: rich, though deep or faint. 
Beautiful shades of every hue, 

God's own colors. O who can paint? 

The sun has disappeared from si^iit 
Behind the lovely waters blue. 

The mantle of niofht has settled down 
And hidden my picture fioni view. 

Jllia T. Gi.auding. 

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[A biographical sketch of the families of Peter Gladding, his parents, and 
his grandparents.] 



There was a man in Bristol, a Rhode Island town, 
Peter was his name, born and educated in this town. 

Like the Apostle Peter, whose name he bears. 

In manner of speech was brusque and blunt. 

Yet a spirit of righteousness ruled all his words and acts. 

The fraud, — that fraud who dare show his hand, — 

Be he rich, or be he poor, 

A sharp reproof from him would surely get. 

Though kindly meant, yet for this trait 
He often got ill will and hate. 

Upon the sail-loft' floor, so wide and deep. 
Is where .he. "w-lioughtv with palm, and needle, and marlin 
spike. ,«v.-. 

He dear}5'''l8v^V.!hia!-ho.cik-s--ftfi^4iis flowers ; 
But music was his great delight. 
His skillful hand an instrument of music made, 
With catgut strings and rosin bow. 

He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal choir when but 
eleven years old. There are many people still living who remember 
the large bass-viol that Peter Gladding used in leading the choir in 
the quaint old M. E. chapel on Bristol Common. 


The line of descent from the settlers is as follows : 
[1st generation.] John and P^lizabeth Gladding, the settlers, 
married at Newbary, Mass., 1666. [2d gen.] Their son. John 
Gladding, and Alice, daughter of Uzell WardelL married at Bristol, 
R. I. [3d gen.] Their son John married July 2, 1716, Martha, 1 
daughter of Richard Smith, wlio was the first town clerk of Bristol. | 
[4th gen.] Their son John married Sept. 2o, Mary Drown. [5th | 
gen.] Their son, Daniel, married . . . Susan, daughter of . . . ^ 

Wardwell, (descendants of Uzell Wardell.] (6th gen.) Their son 


* Daniel married. .... Sarah, daughter of . . . Alger, of Warren. 
I (7th gen.) Their children were Peter, Daniel 1st, Josiah, Daniel 
<' 2d, Dolly 1st, Henry White. (He married Abby Munroe. Located l 
i in Warren. There carried on the sailmaking business.) Joseph A. t 
i married Ruth Ann Brown. This family located at Woonsocket, ^ 
R. 1. He was a merchant tailor of that place. Dolly married j 
I William Manchester, of Bristol. Henrietta died aged about 20. 
John O. A. died in infancy' : — eleven children in all. Their mater- 
nal grand maternal giandpareuts, the Algers, of Bristol, were noted 
for liberal generosity ; their home obtained the significant sobriquet. 
The Pilgrim's Tavern. They were pioneer Methodists. Mr. Alger 
was the sail and tent maker of Wanen. Their father Daniel was 
apprenticed to the sailmaking trade with Mr. Alger. He also married ' 
Mr. Alger's daughter Sarah, a gentle and motherly spirited woman. 
Daniel Gladding established the sail, awning and tent business in 
Bristol which he continued through life. His eldest son Peter made 
a few voyages, acting the part of seaman in early manhood. He 
soon turned his attention to the sail-loft. His father and himself 
formed a copartnership that carried on a successful business for 
many years. 


Peter's paternal grandparents, Capt. Daniel and Susan Wardwell, 
were worth}^ substantial citizens. Capt. Gladding was one of the 
old-time merchant-captains : master and ship owner, in the carrying 
and trading business, mostly between the American ports. His home 
store or store-house and wharf were on Thames street, south of the 
old sugar hou!?e, — all now ver}' much changed : the old buildings giv- 
ing place to new, owned b}^ the Wardwell Lumber Co. The accom- 
panying picture is a good representation of the aforesaid. 

They had six daughters and three sons : Nathaniel, Daniel and 
Peter. Peter, the younger brother, died at sea, when aged about 20 
or more. Daniel is the younger, — Daniel of this subject. Nathan- 
iel was one of Bristol's business men, like his father, master and 
ship owner and trader, or merchant captain. 
^ The following represents Capt. Nat's characteristic features. > 

4 Like Job, feet was he to the lame, eyes was he to the blind, and ears i 
X to the deaf, and the cause he knew not, that he sought out. At one | 
I time he made a, and invited a goodly number of his neighbors, 
none that were well to do, but the poorest of the poor, and such as 
the witless — the feast our Savior recommends. 




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Capt. Daniel Gladding, on one of his voyages to Philadelphia, 4 

while his vessel was lying at the wharf, on a Sunday, happened to ^ 

fall in with the Methodists. On his return home he related to his ^ 

wife the incident, and what he heard, and what he thought of the 

Methodists and their new doctrine saying, "■Why, Susie, the man I 

heard preach talked just as we believe." 

It is probable their faith in the old Calvinistic doctrine had become 
rather shaky. 

Not long after this incident two strange gentlemen, on horseback, 
passed his house. They had scarce passed when the thought came 
to him that one or both were Methodist Episcopal preachers. AVith 
this thought he started after them on the run, and hailed them near 
the town bridge. His impression was true : one was none other than 
the later well known Jesse Lee. The other gentleman's name is not 
known. They had come f.ronu Newport and were going to Provi- 
dence. They listened .t© -the captaln's'entreaty and turned back to 
his house, as portrayed in the picture. The}' planned for the elder 
to preach to them that evening in the Congregational church. At 
the time appointed the bell was rung. No sooner than parson White, 
(the preacher in charge), heard that bell strike than he hastened to 
the church with the inquiry why the bell was rung. When informed 
that Elder Lee, the Methodist preacher, was to preach there that ev- 
ening, he said, "-No, he won't: I will not have it; no, I won't." He 
little thought what he had done. This act was just what the Metho- 
dists needed to start the methodist lire and set the ball rolling. 

The meeting was adjourned to Capt. Gladding's house. Thus it 
happened that Capt. Gladding's became the cradle of Methodism in 
Bristol. Here Jesse Lee preached the first Methodist sermon on a 
summer evening, 1790. 


Peter, son of Daniel and Sarah Alger Gladding, was twice married : 
— first wife was Mary Friend, by whom he had four sons. The elder, 
William O. Gladding, survived tlie three younger, who died in in- 4 

fancv. William O. was a good l)oy and made a good, worthy and 4 
upright citizen, inheriting his mother's quiet and lovely spirit. He t 
married Cynthia Sacy, of Newport. They had no offspring. Wil- 
liam was clerk, for many years, in a jewelry store at Newport. He 





died at Newport, Sept. 21, 1899, aged 6G years. He was the last 
descendant of Peter Gladding branch. 

Mr. Gladding murried the second time July 1, 1802, Hannali Hall 
P^asterbrooks, daughter of the late Crawford and Hannah H. Easter- 
brooks, of Bristol. IShe was an estimable woman, having a noble 

For a period of thirty-five years Mr. Gladding was the town clerk 
of Bristol. Mr. Gladding found in his wife a very important aid in 
his oflicial duties in the clerk's office, more so in his declining 3ears. 
She developed surpiising fauiiliarity with the oflicial business of the 
town. Mr. Gladding w;is the 7tli in direct descent from Richard 
Smith, who was Bristol's first town clerk. He labored under an in- 
firmity of sight, from which he sought relief by submitting to a sur- 
gical operation with uudoubting confidt-nce ; l)ut his ph3'sical energies 
in consequence of another disease was not equal to his fortitude and 
courage. He said. "M}' case is in the hands of God. If I come 
out well, all right; if not, all is well." But he sank under the effort 
and passed away Oct. 22, 1883, aged 78, and now sleeps in hope of 
the return of our Savior. 

His widow survived hiin near seventeen years. She was appointed 
deputy town clerk of Bristol, and served in that capacity with re- 
markable ability : surprising, the clearness with which she passed 
over the man}' business details connected with her office. She was a 
generous and noble spirited woman, and lived a long and useful life. 
She ceased her work in the early part of 1900, being nearh' 81 years 
old. Uncle H. 


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The larger portion of the Gladdings in Providence are the descen- | 
dants of Jonathan, grandson of the settlers. Their line of descent > 
is as follows, Gen. one : ^ 

John and Elizabeth Rogers Gladding married at Newbary, Essex 
CO., Mass., 1606. 

Gen. two: These their cliildren, born at Newbar_y : Susan, Oct. 6, 
1668; John jr., Oct. 11, 1070; William, July 23, 1673; Elizabeth, 
Sept 15, 1671); Hannah, Nov. 8, 1081. 

Gen. three: John jr. and Alice Wardell Gladding married at Bris- 
tol, R. I., Oct. 13, 1093. They had eleven children. Their (4) 
child Jonathan sen., was born at Bristol, Jan. 5, 1701. I regret my 
inability to learn more facts concerning this ancestor, the head of the 
Jonathan branch and father of the four families that located in Prov. 
idence in the last days of the colonial period. It is probable he was 
a resident of Bristol all his days, and his remains now lie with his 
fathers in the old Bristol burying grounds. 

Gen. four : The four sons of Jonathan sen., are as follows: 
*11 Jonathan jr., *12 Nathaniel, *13 Timothy, and *14 Benjamin. 
I fear it is an unfortunate matter my not finding any records, that 
would at least give the names of the wives, and mothers of the forty 
children that were born to these four brothers. 


Gen. 4, *11 Jonathan jr. was the father of four sons and four 
daughters. His oldest son, Allen, gen. 5, *26, married Charlotte 
Carpenter. I think he was a grocer, at 190 South Main st. Allen's 
son, gen. 6, No. 7o, Kinsley C. Gladding, was the artist and orna- 
mental painter of 131 South Main st. Allen's sister, 29 Susan, 
married Wm. Davenport ; 32 Sarah married Walker Humphrey. 

Capt. John Gladding, youngest son of Jonathan jr., was a captain 
in the war of 1815. He acted a part at the Field's Point earthworks 
defence; — more not known. Grocer and ship chandler. South Main 
St. Married Mary Tillinghast. Their children were 80 Josiah G., 

^ married Marv Brown. Thev had two children, Wm. B. and Marv 

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■< Augusta. 81 Louisa, married Wm. Brown ; 82 Henry G. Gladding, 

-( cashier of Exchange bank, residence Union st. ; 83 Elizabeth ; 84 

\ John C, married Abby Parmenter ; they had children : Ann E., Su- 

1 san C, William B., — he was book-keeper in Providence bank; 8') 



Benjamin C, married Hannah, daughter of Wm. Pope. Their chil- 
dren, MaryT., Frank. Mr. Gladdin"- leading official of the Phenix ir- 
on foundry. Providence; 85 Mary, 86 Margaret, S('> Allen, 87 Joseph. 


Gen. 4, 12 Nathaniel Gladding sen., also had four sons and four 
daughters, of whom we know but little, nor their names. 

Gen. 5, 38 Warren was the father of one daughter, Ruth. 39 Na- 
thaniel jr. children were two sons and four daughters. His oldest 
son, gen. 6, 91 Abraham sen., was a boot and shoe dealer. More 
than this is not known. His son, gen. 7, IGl Thomas C. Gladding, 
married Hannah, daughter of Benjnniin and Carrie Pendleton, whole- 
sale merchant, — Day & Gladding, — Water st. They had five daugh- 
ters and one son — Thomas E. One daughter, Mary, was the wife of 
Rev. Wm. H. Fish. 162 Abraham 8. jr., (brother of the above 
Thomas C.), harness maker by trade; in later days in the market 
business. He married Ann Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and 
Eliza Hathawa}'. They had two daughters, and five sons all active 
business men of Providence. Cynthia A., wife of the late Isaac 
Turner. Gen. 6, 94 Jarvis E. (iladding, merchant-tailor, 148 Broad 
st. He was twin. Married first, Ann B. Fenner ; second, Harriet 
P., daughter of Nathan and Dolly Wood Long. 

/ 41. Hale Gladding brothers, of Warren : 

Of the al)ove Hale, and his six children, very little to us is known. 
His oldest son, captain Thomas D. Gladding, married Sarah, daugh- 
ter of Norris H. Hul)bard. To them were born ten children, who 
are largely residents of Providence. His son Charles mariied Ruth 
Shove. Their children are Reuben, of Pawtucket, Francis — was 
keeper of a boarding-stable. Broad St., — Edmond Q., retail grocer, 
113 South St. 103 James W. Gladding was father of children. 

The oldest daughter, 188 Julia I)., is the wife of Benjamin Mantou, 
U. S. consul to Rio Janeiro. S. A. 


< Gen. 4, 13 Timothy, son of Jonathan Gladding, was born at Bris 

tol ; the date, and wIhmi and to whom married not known. Aceord- 



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ing to the chart he was the father of thirteen children. We think 
tlicy all claim Providence as the home of their childhood. Timothy 
Gladding erected tlie tirst dvvelliug on Westminster street about 1764. 
He was a merchant-tailor, and used the west end of this dwelling for 
his shop, or shop and store, while the family occupied the upper part. 
Gen. 5. His son Timothy, continued the business of his father. 
He married Betsey, daughter of tleacon I'ei'rin. They had eleven 
children, six daughters, and five sons who were prominent business 
nen for many Nears, proprietois of the leading book-stores in Provi- 


46 John J. Gladding, brother of Timothy, born July, 1776, died 
1841, was twice married : first, March 28, 1803, to Mary Perrin ; sec- 
ond, to Clarissa Jacobs; mother of five children; residence 101 
Chestnut street. This family may well be called a family of shop- 


51 George W. Gladding was twice married : first, Ann Jacobs, of 
Thomastown, Conn ; second, Rebecca Hill. George W., born Sept. 
!), 1787, died Aug. 4, 1839. Ann Jacobs, died ag. near 18 yrs. Re- 
becca, born Sept. 1<S, 1796, died July 21, 1884. The family resi- 
dence, 7 Washington street. He was the founder of the noted Glad- 
ding dry goods house, of Providence. George and Rebecca had four 
daughters and eight sons, (ieorge F., born 1815, Benjamin H.,born 
1818, and George W., their father, were the proprietors of the Glad- 
ding store, so well known througiiout this state and eastein Connec- 
ticut, founded 1805, l\y Matthew Watson and George W. Gladding, 
35 Cheapside, (the southern end of Noith Main st. was known as 
Cheapside), 1815. George W. Ghidding, 35-37 Cheai)side. 1830, 
George F. and B. H. Gladding. 186:?, B. H. Gladding, 35-37, N. 
; Main st. 1880, B. H. Gladding & Co. B. H. Gladding, 96 West- 

< minster st., J. H. Comstock, 32 Exchange Place. This store still 
i retains its original name although its former managers and owners, 

< the Claddings, are all dead. 

I 120 George W. and Rebecca children were as follows: George F. 



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Three wise men went to sea in a bowl. 

If the bowl had been strong my son<r wonkl have been longer. 


Gladding, born 1815, married Mary Arnold Earl Oct. 2:5, 1843. \ 
Children were Sail}' Earl and Sarah Earl, twins, Emma Augusta. > 
^121 Rebecca A., born 1817, married Jolin Mahoney. 122 Benjamin f 
Ilill, 1818, married Sarah Taft. Children: a Jane H., married Ed- 
ward Clark ; b Mary Ann and C. Harriot Louisa, wives of J. H. 
Comslock ; * 123 John H., 1819 ; 12+ Jane H., born 1821, died aged 
20; 125 James W., born 1822; 12G Lydia Ann, l)orn 1823, married 
George Welch ; 127 Harriot L., born 1825, married Prof. E. Jillson ; 
128 Nathaniel I., dietl ; 129 Monroe H., lieutenant U. S. A., died at 
Beaufort, N. C, 1862, aged 34: 130 Marvin A., born 1.S31. 

*/ 123 John Hill, born Dec. 1'.), 1819. married Lydia, daughter of 
Dr. E. A. Brown, May, 1843. 


Gen. 7, * 208 George Washington; 209 John Hill ; 210 James 
Wilson ; 211 Frederick Earl ; 212 Nelson A. ; 213 Benjamin M. H. ; 
214 EarlBrown, died. (See chart, p. a.) 

This famil}' may well be called a Tennessee famih'. 

/ 52 Nicholas B. Gladding married Rebecca, daughter of Rev. J. 
Wilson. They had three sons and five daughters. (See chart, {). K) 


/ 14 Benjamin Gladding. Of this wife nothing is known. His 
three sons and eight daughters see : chart, p. L Anstras married 
Benjamin Snow of Providence. P^mma married Samuel W. Wheeler. 
One son died at sea. Neither of the sons left any offspring. The 
name ceases with this family. He was barber and wig-maker at 63 
Weybosset street. 


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The seven brothers, and two sisters, Polly and Susan, were the 
children of Josiah Gladding, generation 5, number 2, who was born 
at Bristol, R. 1., about 1741, his wife's name not knoAvn. He re- 
moved with his family from Bristol to Middletown, Conn., about 

Ezra Gladding, the first of the seven brothers, was father of 
three children : Emily, Jeremiah, and Ezra. Nothing more of this 
family to us is known than the following incident: Abont 1842 or 3, 
or when I was about fifteen, I went with my father on an overland 
journey from Waterville, Oneida count}', N. Y., in our own convey- 
ance, to Biistol, R. I. On our return we crossed the Connecticut 
river at Hartford. Near the river we visited a Gladding family, 
cousins of my father. I now think this family must have been either 
Ezra's, or his bother James'. 

Josiah Gladding, the second brother, had fourteen children ; and 
thirty-one grandchildren, bearing the name Gladding, are mostly 
located in Vermont, New York city, and Brooklyn. Walter Mare- 
nus Gladding, of Brooklyn, N. Y., has the honor of being the father 
of two daughters, Haiiot E., born 1893, and Gertrude L., born 
1897, first born bearing the name Gladding of the eleventh gener- 
ation. The late Judge William J. Gladding, of Sheepshead Bay, 
N. Y., was of this family. See his article, page 83. 

[3 and 4] Joseph and Timothy Gladding located at Albany, 
N. Y"'. It is said their descendants were born with a paint-brush in 
their hands, as so many of them were ornamental decorators and 
painters. See page 29. 

[5] John Gladding, born 1782, married Mary Ritlor. They 
removed to Ashtabula county, Ohio. See Judge Henry A.'s remarks, 
page 27. 

[6] James S. Gladding. We regretted the meagre informa- 
tion we have of this large family. All we know is the names on the 

^ [7] Daniel S. Gladding married Sally Patten. They had three t 

I children. Paper box manufacturer, of New Haven, Conn. Their | 
j grandson, Henry H. Gladding, civil engineer, and his family, are '^ 
all that remain of Daniel S. descendants. Unclk H. <^ 

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The Gladdiuirs' American Ancestral Home. 

Tiisten to their call. waftin<f on gentle breezes, 
O'er Rhode Is<land's salubrious clime, 
Freighted with frateinal love! 
Once more old Bristol calls her children home. 

The door's ajar! The latch-string out! 

Hasten to the Gladdings' feast of kindred love. 

And raise on high your honored name, 

Ye children's children, now scattered o'er our wide domain. 

We have already extended this work beyond our first intent ; hence 
we must be content with a short story relating to our second reunion. 
Especially so, as it is thought well to insert what the Providence and 
Bristol papers have to say on this occasion. The reader must make 
due allowance for the prominence the reporters have given to Uncle 
Henry. These reporters know nothing of the help and support Un- 
cle H. received from various of the cousins, — for which he wishes to 
extend grateful thanks to them. 

It is a matter of regret that the announcement of the occasion was 
not published a year in advance. The object of a family reunion is 
not only for pleasure, but it is a very fruitful source for real good. 
It being a mass gathering of the whole family, like the net in the 
parable, that gathered of every kind, so a family reunion brings to- 
gether all grades of the family, who, by the nature of the occasion, 
become predisposed to make the occasion both pleasurable and bene- 
ficial. A gathering of this kind naturally gravitates into a oneness 





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of spirit, nssimilating and binding the various families, as it were, ^ 

into one groat famiij' bearing tlie same name. This gives prestige > 

and power, producing a laudable pride in one's own family and its > 

common name, — also creates a desire to maintain the integrity of the > 

< famil\- and its name. * 


Chairman, HP:NRY C. GLADDING, Providence, 


[From the Simdaj' Telej^rain. Prov.. K. I., of July 15. 1900.] 


Descendants of John and Elizabctli Gladdinj; to Meet at D"\Volf Inn 
as Thej- Did 10 Years Ay;(), 

Just ten years ago the 27th of this coming August the town of 
Bristol, R. I., was the scene of a remarkable famil}' reunion. On 
that occasion the descendants of John and Elizabeth (Rogers) Glad- 
ding, to the number of about 100, gathered in Grand Array hall and 
passed togetiier a most delightful and piofitable day. "Without the 
storm raged furiously. Those who remember the occasion will recall 
it as one of tlie worst storms of the season. Yet this was not 
enough to deter the members of this old and distinguished family 
from the enjoyment of the delights they had pictured to themselves 
so long in advance and to which they had been looking forwaid with 
so much pleasurable anticipation. Within the hall sunny faces and 
liglit hearts bade defiance to the storm, and what with music, song, 
oratory, wit and humor and all that goes with such a reunion a day 
was spent that will live foiever in the memory of those who were 
fortunate enough to be present. 
< In the decade which has passed since that epoch in the history of > 

the Gladding family, the fountain head and mainspring of it all has y 


not been idle. One reunion, so successfully and royally carried out, 
but whetted his appetite for more, and no sooner was it over than ^ 
L Henry Coggeshall Gladding, to whose indefatigable energy the re- i 

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union was in great part due, set about the task of preparing a gene- * 
alogical history of tlie Gladding family, and incidentally to prepare t 
for another reunion to be held at some future date. T 

The time for the second reunion has now arrived. All the neces- > 
sary arrangements have been completed : invitations to the number I 
of nearly 500 have been sent out, and on next Thursday, the 19th of 
this present month, the town of Bristol will have for the second time 
the honor of entertaining the reunited members of the Gladding 

The place selected for the reunion is the DeWolf Inn, where every 
convenience and accessory is afforded. In many ways it will be a 
unique and notable event. Not every state in the Union will be rep. 
resented, although it is possible that every state has its descendant 
of John and Elizabeth Gladding. From Ohio, Pennsylvania, Ver- 
mont, Massachusetts, Kentucky, New York, Mississii)pi and Kansas, 
however, there will be Gla-ddings present, and among them will be 
some of the most distinguished and successful men of their respect- 
ive commonwealths. 

The Gladding family is a numerous one, and in the more than two 
and a half centuries that have ehipsed since the first progenitor of the ' 
name landed on American soil has scattered its seed in man}- quar- 
ters of the globe. To secure the names and addresses of even those 
residing in the United States would be a Herculean task, and more 
than one man could aiccomplish in many j-ears. The 500 names to 
which circulars have been sent announcing the coming reunion, there- 
fore, must not be supposed to repi'esent the entire family. They are 
those names only which Mr. Henr}' Gladding, the famih' historian, 
familiarly known as "Uncle Henry," has been able to learn in his 
ten years of research. Of course, the younger generations are not 
included, and there are many others living in Providence and the , 
near vicinity who will attend the reunion as a matter of course. To I 
many of these ''Uncle Henry" did not send any circular, since he 
can just as easily extend them an invitation byword of mouth. From | 
the number of acceptances received from those living in distant 
places, "Uncle Henry" is of opinion that there will be at least 250 
men and women of Gladding name and Gladding blood at the ap- 
proaching famil}' reunion. 

Following the precedent of the former reunion, no formal pro- 
gramme has been arranged for this one. "Uncle Henry" does not 
consider a set schedule of events the most conducive to enjoyment, 

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I and his word is law in everything connected with the Gladding fam- 
I ily in its concrete form. Everything, as far as possible, must be 
t spontaneous and extemporaneous. If the Gladdings have any special | 
<^ characteristics, outside of strict integrity, undaunted energy and an ^ 
inborn desire to elevate themselves and do something useful in the "^ 
world, it is a genial, mirthful disposition. They are fond of social inter- 
course, and in the different states their history shows that tliey have 
been accustomed to hold small family reunions from time to time. 

No need to fear, then that the absence of a pre-arranged pro- 
gramme will detract from the pleasure of the occasion. There will 
be enough to take up the attention of all, and a dull moment will 
have no place in DeWolf Inn on the 19th of July, 1900. 

At 9 o'clock according to the present plans, the Gladdings from> 
far and near will meet each other at the appointed place of festivity, 
and the scene which will follow from that time until the grand dinner 
is served at 2 o'clock in the afternoon must be left to the imagina- 
tion. It does not take a ver}' imaginative mind to conceive that there 
will be enough to do and to talk about to fill in the intervening time 
pleasantly and profitably. 

The dinner at 2 o'clock will be a sumptuous affair. All will sit [ 
down together and partake in a body, not only of the delectable | 
viands, but of the '"feast of reason and flow of soul," which is sure j 
to be the chief feature of the repast. There the familv wit and I 
family humor will find its surest outlet, and hilarit}' and happiness 
will for the moment reign supreme. 

Poems will be read and speeches made, of coui-se. Among those 
who will read poems, which will be original, as nothing else is toler- 
ated at the Gladding family reunion, are Hezekiah Butterworth of 
the Youths Companion, Boston ; Henrj' C. Gladding, belter known 
as Uncle Henry, Providence; Nancy C. Gladding-Beebe, and others 
whose names have not yet been learned. 

Appropriate badges have been prepared for the event, and every 
Gladding present at the reunion will be expected to wear one during 
the day. The festivities will last through the day, and not until the 
^ lengthening shadows pioclaim the near approach of night will the ^ 
I happy family begin to l)id each other good-bye, some to meet again ^ 
< frequently as of yore, others perhaps at some future reunion, and ^ 
others again in the great unknown beyond the grave. > 

V The history of the Gladding family is inseparal)ly linked with > 

Rhode Island, where there are more of the name than anywhere else A 



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ia the United States, and especially with the town of Bristol, one of ,^ 
^ the founders of which was John Gladding, from whom the present t 
1 Gladding family is directly descended. Back of tliat little ctin be 
^ traced of the family genealogy, l»ut the following taken from histor- > 
'' ical matter found in the British Museum will serve to show that it is 
a very ancient family : 

"The primitive ancestors of tl)e Ghidding family were Scandina- 
vians of the name of Mont picket, and dwelt for many years in an 
old castle situated on the wild and rugged coast of Norway. It is 
stated that the women of this family were noted fcjr their virtue and 
gr(?at beauty, and the men for bravery and intelligence of such high 
order that they were recognized as leaders in the many military en- 
terprises of their countrymen. So marked was their n)ilitarv ability 
that Rolf, a young Norwegian chief, appealed to the Montpickets of 
his time for instruction and advice in regard to a military expedition 
of the Scandinavians into France, of which he was the leader. By 
following their advice Rolf, as all students of history know, succeeded 
with but little bloodshed in compelling king Charles to formally cede 
to him the province since known by the name of Normandy. Two 
members of the Montpick'et family accompanied Rolf on his expedi- 
tion and were of great service to him during the campaign. These 
were Charles and Henry, the latter of whom returned to his native 
heath at the close of the war, the former settling in Normandy, be- 
coming in time one of his chief 's greatest barons. 

"•The descendants of Charles, tor many generations were an honor 
to his name. They were honored throughout the province ns barons 
of influence and ability, but none greater than Louis :ind Robert 
Montpicket, who were followers of the great Duke William, and 
fought gallantly under his b;muei- duiing his conquest. of England. 
In the battle of Hastings, lOGG, Louis was killed, but Robert lived 
to see William crowned king of England, and to receive from that 
monarch some of the contlscated estates of the Anglo-Saxons as a 
reward for his services. With this Robert Montpicket the genealogy 
proper of the family begins. 

"At the close of the contest Robert settled in Essex, and during ^ 
his life held that and an adjoining shire as a baronsige from the king. t 
He had two sons, William Montpicket and Charles Gemon, (Gemon 

being the Norman F'rench for Montpicket.) Charles had two sons. > 
From his elder son, Willi:im de Montpicket, descended the barons of > 
that name whose seats were at Overstead. Essex, and Montpicket 



town, London, of wliicli the Montpickets were standard bearers and 
military chiefs in time of war. The younger son Alard, who retained 
his father's name of Gemon, had a son Matthew, who was for many 
years the king's ch;imberlain. Matthew had a son. Ralpli Gemon, who \ 
was the father of William Gemon, who had two sons, James and 
Godfre}'. James was the founder of the great line of Gcmous, who 
hold estates to tiiis day in Essex, Sutlblk and Derby. Godfrey, the 
younger son, surnamed DeCavendish, was the father of Roger Caven- 
dish, who married the Duchess of New Castle, b3- whom he had one 
son, Sir John Cavendish, sir John had two sons, Richard and Hugh. 
Riciiard had one son, Osbert quarrelled with his family, re- 
nounced its name, and adopted that of Gladesfor. His only son, 
P^dgar, changed the name to Gladewin, which was changed by his im- 
mediate descendants to Gladwin, and from Gladwin, as the records 
show, were derived the names Gladon, Gladdon, Gladding, Glading, 
Gladdin and Gladen." 

The first Gladding to land on this side of the world was John, 
who was born in England in 1640, and came to this countiy at the i 
age of twenty years, in 1660. He settled at Newbury port in the 
Plymouth colony, and in 1666 married P>lizabeth Rogers. After the 
King Philip war, which opened the Mount Hope lands to white set- 
tlers, he removed to Rhode Island and in 1680 settled in Bristol with 
his wife and four children. His was one of the first white families 
there. He assisted in the founding of the town, and was one of the 
seventy-six electors at the first town meeting, September, 1681. 

There were born and lived the heads of seven generations. Six of 
them died there and the seventh died in New York state. The prog- 
eny of 'these seven Gladdings are scattered all over the country, and 
it is said that no Gladding has yet been found in this countrv whose 
ancestry can not iie traced back to the original John Gladding. 

The monument, a picture of which appears herewith, is designed 
by ''Uncle Henry" (iladding to commemorate the seven progenitors 
named above. It is to be erected in Bristol near wheie they are 
buried. In his history of the Gladding family. Uncle Henry says: 

''This monument migiit well be calletl the Monument of the Seven 
Johns, from these peculiar circumstances: The first born to the Glad- | 
ding family in America, for six generations in succession, was a son, > 
and all named John, after their father John, the settler. I claim the > 
first six as grandparents ; the seventh was my father's brother. This 






one was buried at his adopted home, Pharsalia, Chenango county, | 
N. Y." t 

'•Uncle Hem-}'" is in many ways one of tlie most interesting old > 
men in Rhode Island and he is greatly beloved l)y all the mem- l 
bers of his great family, for he numbers among his children all 
throuoh whose veins runs the good i^ld Scandinavian blood of the 
original John. 

He was born in Chenango county, N. Y., in 1827. He learned 
the machinist's trade, and in 1857 came to this state. He was the 
first man employed at the Burnside Rifle works when it was started 
in Bristol, and he followed the concein when it removed to Provi- 
dence. Later he was foreman of the Union Screw P^actory, now de- 
funct, but the greater part of the time since leaving the Burnside 
works he has been in business for himself. For the past ten years 
he has devoted his time chiefly to looking after his property on Hop- 
pin street where he lives, and to the preparation of his family gene- 
alogy. In addition to his other attainments, he writes poetry and 
and sketches with no little skill. 

Of course, being the mainspring of the whole business Uncle Henry 
is chairman of the committee of arrangements for the reunion. The 
other members are Benjamin C. Gladding, Providence ; Daniel W. 
Gladding, Warren ; Nathaniel Gladding, Bristol ; and Sidney Glad- 
ding, Newport. 

The members of this old and respected family whose pictures ap- 
pear in connection with this sketch are just a few of the representa- 
tive ones of Rhode Island. Most of them have taken active part in 
preparing for the coming reunion, and all of them were on the com- 
mittee of arrangements at the previous festival. 

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The Gladding family reunion held at Bristol 1<S90 proved so enjoy- 
able an occasion a strong desire was expressed for another reunion 
not later than a decade. As the time drew near enquiries were made 
concernino; the second reunion. No move was made, till rather late 
for an occasion of this kind. But finally an organized move started, 
and a committee was chosen as follows : 


Chairman, HENRY C. GLADDING, Providence, 


July 19, 1900, was chosen for the:Q'ccasi,on. Every known party 
in any way connected with the family, by bfood or marriage, was cor- 
dially invited to participat-e^or send compliments. 

The DeWolf Inn, Thames street, Bristol, pleasantly located at the 
water's edge, was secured for the occasion. Music for the reunion 
was furnished by Lavey's orchestra. 

The day was fine and the fish-hawk fiew hiofh. 
And the cousins came, bj' the boats and o'er the rail. 
With eajj^er haste they hie unto the ^atherino: place. 
Ah. full well they know how soon the fun betfins ! 

We will not attempt to describe all the scenes and acts at the in- 
formal exercises at a family reunion, but would advise the reader to 
attend and participate. 

A most excellent dinner was served from 12 to 2 o'clock, after 
which all present repaired to the parlor on the second floor, where 
the exercises of the day were held. Cousin Ex-Lieut. Governor 
T. C. Wardwell, of Bristol, called the cousins to order, in his easy, 
fraternal way welcoming all to this grand old town, our ancestral 

He then introduced cousin Royal H. Gladding, a prominent young 
lawyer of Providence, as the [)residing spirit, master of ceremonies. 
. Mr. Gladding made a few appropriate remarks. He then read the 
following from 




Letters and Telegrams : 

Boston, (Mass..) July 12, 1900. 
^ Dear Uncle HeniT : 

^^ I acknowledge receipt of your very kind In- I 

vitation to attend the Re-Union of the GhTdding Family at Bristol, 
and would be glad to do so and deliver an address as I had the pleas- 
ure of doing 10 years ago ; but I have already made arrangements to 
be in New York on the 19th, on important business, which makes it 
impossible for me to attend. 

I am sure you will have a pleasant time and a very interesting 
meeting, and you deserve much credit for the interest you have taken 
in this matter. 

Thanking you for your kind remembrance and wishing you much 
success I remain. 

Very Sincerely Yours, 


City of Detroit, (Mich.,) July 3d, 1900. 
H. C. Gladding, Providence, R. I. : 
Dear Sir, 

Y'"our cordial invitation to attend a reunion of the 
Gladding family to be held at Bristol, R. I., July 19, 1900, received 
this day. 

Much as I should like to, I regret to say circumstances will pre- 
vent my attendance this time. 

Trusting I shall be able to be with 3'()u at the next reunion, I 

Sincerely yours, 


[Telegram.] V'icksburg, ]\Iiss., 19lh. 

To H. C. Gladding, Ch. Gladding Reunion : 
My congratulations to members of Gladding reunion. May you 
live long and prosper. Am with you in spirit. 



i \ 

^ Fitchburg, Mass., April 13th, 1900. ; 

i- Uncle Henry — ' 

Your reunion circular received, and although 


entirely favorable for such an event, still, I cannot give you much, > 
or any encouragement, for ray attendance. I have a store, and con- > 
stitute "boss and all hands," and as to making any sure dates, that .> 
is an impossibility for me. I generally come that way the week of \y 
the ''4th," and I may possibly do so this year, and if I do, would 
be pleased to meet all of ray unknown cousins, also uncle Henry. 

D. P. G. 

Waterville, N. Y., July 14, 1900. 
Dear uncle Henry, and family : 

Thank vou for sending us the notice of the 
Gladding reunion. I hnve hoped to be with you, but find it will be 
irapossible for rae to leave horae at this time. I have thought all 
th6 year that I should come, but will have to give it up. 
I know you will have a delightful day. 

Kindly remember rae to all of the friends. With love and best 
wishes for a happy day, I am sincerely your niece, 


Albany, N. Y., July 17th, 1900. 
H. C. Gladding, Esq., Providence, R. I. : 
Dear Cousin, 

Your kind invitation to the reunion of the 
time-honored family of Gladding, came duly to hand, and it is a 
matter of sincere regret that, owing to a press of business matters, 
I shall be unable to attend what will undoubtedly prove a feast of 
reason and a flow of soul ; and in these regrets I am heartily joined 
by all the members of ray family. My mother, Mrs. Freeman Glad- 
ding, joins most heartily in these expressions of regret, as she would 
like very much to attend. But owing to her advanced age, having 
passed her eighty-fiist birthday, she fears the tiip would be too much 
for her declining strength. We will all, however, be with you in 
spirit, if not in person, and hope most sincerely that the reunion will i 
be well attended and heartily enjoyed by those fortunate enough to 1 
be present. And may the name of Gladding ever continue to be as 
honored and respected as it has ever been. 
^, Hoping that I may hear from you again in the near future, I re- 

main, Your Cousin, 


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|; Kei)lies in general expressing earnest interest in the reunion but I 

j; inability to be present on account of various causes, were received [ 
<- from Theodore O. Carr, Sarah Matilda Torapkins, Mrs. James H. [ 
<■ Goddard, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Gladding and children, and Mrs. > 
Wni. H. Easton, all of Newport, R. I. ; from Wm. H. Gladding and 
James F. Gladding, both of Albany, N. Y. ; from John S. Glad- 
ding, of Wickford, R. I. ; from Walter M. Gladding, New York 
city ; from Nelson A. Gladding, Indianapolis, Ind. ; and from F. 
G. Sacket, of Knox, Clarion county. Pa. 

Hezekiah Butterworth, of Boston, the celebrated author, was now 
introduced and read the following original poem, which was received 
with hearty applause : 


Forget not the Pilgrims! By dark foes surrounded. 

Their tenantless ways through the forests they trod, 
They sailed 'gainst the world, with the heavens, and founded 

The towns that are scrolled with the gloiy of God. 
Forget not the Prophet of Leyden, foi'get not 

Our Bradford and Brewster, nor his glorious form 
Whose soul "mid the mighty wave rose, as beset not. 

The form of John Ilowlaiid that sung in the storm I 
Forget not. forget not. those builders of old, 

But their purpose and will 

Be it ours to fulfill, 
Aud all that in visions the Pilgrims foretold. 

Their work is not ended, their stars are not set, 
Repeat ye their glorious deods. lost ye forget! 

Forget not the builders of men ! 
Forget not, forget not the nation's defenders. 

In their old spirit still let the nation increase. 
And bear forward the flag amid siiadowless splendors 

And war bugles blowing the sweet notes of peace. 
Defenders of might, of king (Jeorge's towns royal. 

When o'er them the lied Cross of Fatherland blew ! 
Defenders of right, to humanity loyal 

Beneath the new stars of the centurv new. 
Forget not. forget not those Builders of old, 

But their purpose and will 

Be it ours to fulfill, 
And all that is glorious their prophets foretold. 

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Tlieir work is not ended, their stars are not set, 
Repeat ye tiieir jilorious deeds, lest ye forget! 

Forget not tlie Builders of men ! 
Forget not the heroes who rose to deliver 

The flag when new tyranny lifted its arm. 
Tlie hermit birtl sings by their graves, and forever 

There Honor repairs "neatii the pine and the palm. 
Their deeds thrill our lives, their example the ages. 

And shadowless ever their fame shall remain. 
The white marbles bloom for their sake, and the pages 

Of history they gladden, and poesy's strain. 
Forget not their deed:*-vvho the free flag unrolled. 

Their pui-pose and will 

Be it ours to fultill, 
And all that is glorious their valor foretold. 
Their work is not ended, their cause leads us yet; 
Repeat ye their glorious deeds, lest ye forget ! 

Ye have not forgotten the Builders of men! 

Toda}^ ye have met in this elm-shaded town. 
With your keepers of glorious records again, 

Where the people are known by the people thej^ crown. 
The history the Northmen on yonder rock traced 

Was followed by records the Gladdings wrote down. 
When the sons of the Pilgrims the wilderness faced 

And Liberty summoned her sea girded town. 
Your cheering name stood with the builders of men, 

Who gave man his birtliright, high hope its desire, 
Strong labor its due and grand deeds a pen — 

And Jesse Lee's welcome is 3-oiider church spire. 
They strove not for wealth, they toiled not for fame. 

For welfare they lived, and life's righteous course held, 
And the centuries crown their old family name. 

That today ye ennoble, like heroes of old. 
Ye have nut forgotten the Builders of men! 

Ye will not forget them ; to them came the vision, 

To them came the daring, the conflict, the stress. 
They poised in the field the white lance with precision. 

And poured out their blood, all the future to bless. 
Tlieirs. theirs was the prophet sight, theirs the direction, 

Ours, ours the fulfillment, in centuries supreme. 
Be it ours to bear onward their hopes to perfection. 

In the spirit they died all the world to redeem. 
Forget not, forget not those commoners bold, 

Their purpose and will 

Be it ours to fulfill. 



l And all that is o^lorions thfiir virtues foretold. 

1 Their work is not ended, tlieir cause leads us j-et ; 

i- Repeat )e their oloiions deeds, lest ye forget! 

^ O sons of the Builders, build on I 

^ For all that they lived, time awaits the fulfillinor. | 

For all that they died, it is ours to make strono;. 
To embalm all their hopes, in the resolute willing 

To humanity's make all the voiees of song. 
To conscience like theirs stand we true, foi' the glory 

That await the true hearted, who conscience sustain. 
And our Thanksgiving song shall continue their story, 
And the chorus of hills wake their wonderful strain. 
Forget not, forget not those Builders of old, 
But their purpose and will 
Let us rise to fulfill. 

And all that is glorious b}^ emprise foretold, 
Their work is our work; the cause summons us yet; 
The deeds of the Builders ye will not forget I 

Build on — none a nobler legend iidierit. 

The hammer of Thor to humanity give; 
Ye may fail in your work, je shall fail not in spirit; 

The names of the builders forever shall live. 
Servius Tullius" heart beat, the deeds of the Gracci, 

Cincinnatus" honor, and Procion's fame. 
The glory of Montfort. and Cromwell and Hampden, 

All shine in the lustre of Washington's name! 
In the grand march of heroes, one aim thrills the ages. 

And I'ericles" heart and our Lincoln's were one. 
And justice and peace, and the visions of sages, 

Are the stars of the cycles that followed the sun. 
Build on as the sea kings l)uilt on in their glor\'. 

To breast the far floods in the luminous dawn. 
And yonder rock-cleaved with the new world's first stor}-; 

Build on and builil on and forever build on. 
Time will ever remember the Builders of men ! 

Hezekiah Butterwouth. 

Then followed the singing of "Ilome, Sweet Home," by all pres- 
ent. Cousin Miss Elizabeth Uzelle Wardwell presided at the piano, 

V "lincle Henry." H. C. Gladding, made some explanatory remarks 

, relating to the leunion. 

' An original poem, entitled, Biistol, by cousin Miss Julia T. Glad- 

ding, of Bristol, was read by cousin Anna B. Manchester, and was 
very well received. (This poem will be found on page 102.) 




Cousin Wm. H. Gladden, of New Britain, Conn., gave us an in- * 

^, teresting talk concerning our Scandinavian ancestors, and the Scan- [ 

|. dinavian name Montpicket ; also the origin of the name Gladding, ^ 

t Gladden, Glidden, Gladwin, and the derivation of these names and I 

the various ways of spelling, &c. No doubt had we his address in 

print it would be an intei'esting study. 

Cousin Mrs. D. R. Dana of Warren then lead from the Gladding; 
book the poem by '■'Uncle" Henry C. Gladding entitled "Muse." 

The exercises were brcnight to a close by the singing of ''Auld 
Lang Syne," "Star Spangled Banner," and "America," after which 
farewells were said, and hopes were expressed that all might be pres- 
ent at the next reunion, which is to be held in 190."). 

Oil paintings of the following named old-time members of the 
Gladding family were on exhibition ' in the office of the hotel : Han- 
nah V. Waldron, nee Gladding ; Anne W. Lindsey and son ; Thomas 
Francis ; Capt. Nathaniel Gladding ; Ruth Harding, wife of Edward 
T. Gladding; Susanna Sherman, mother of Anne W. Lindsey. 

The following named persons were present : 

Easton, Md., Samuel Gladding, Miss Edith Gladding: page S, f 
8, No. 27. Ravenna, O., George W. Gladding. Olyphant, Pa., 
Holden B. Mathewson, Mrs. Holden B. Mathewson. Page a, f 208 : 
St. Louis, Mo., Mr. and Mrs. George W. Gladding,^ George McCall 
Gladding. Kansas, Wm. Gladding Eddv. Bristol, Vt., Miss Alice 
E. Gladding : page e, f 84. Norwich, N. Y., John E. Gladding, 
Benjamin F. Gladding: page c, f 3, No. 8, (). Mass. : Boston, 
Hezekiah Butterworth. New Bedford, Stanley G. Aiken, Miss 
Laura V. D. Akin, Mrs. Julia W. Almy, Mrs. Edith F. Crowell, 
John E. Akin, Mrs. Josephine Gladding Akin. Acoshnet, Mrs. 
Amy Hathaway. Fall River, Miss Mabel C. Cluny, Lottie 
B. Cluny, Laura E. Macomber, Daniel Gladding. Swansea, Hattie 
R. Unsworth, Laura E. Unsworth. Conn. : New Biitain, Wm. H. 
i CUadden. New Haven, Henry H. Gladding, Mrs. Henry H. Glad- i 
;; ding, Edna H. Gladding, Daniel H. Gladding. R. I. : Providence, f 
;; Benjamin G. Gladding, Mary T. Gladding, Frank Gladding, Mrs. I 
Frank Gladding, Benjamin H. Gladding, Miss Mary T. Gladding, •> 
<• Walter E. Gladding, Mrs. Walter E. Gladding, Henry C. Gladding, t 
Mrs. Henry C. Gladding, Thomas L. Pierce, Mrs. Lydia Pierce, 

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Mrs. Addie D. Coates, Miss Ethel V. Coates, Miss Lizzie A. Burton, 
PZlizabetb E. Gladding, Ann C. Spicer, Koyal II. Gladding, Sarah 
Monroe Gladding, Mrs. Mary J. Green, Mrs. J. W. Green, Mrs. 
Charlotte Ingraham, George I). Gladding, Ardelia 1). Gladding, 
James G. Gifford, Myra E. Pierce. Charles H. Maconiber, Mrs. 
Wilhelniina E. (t. Bahcock, George L. Bnckingiiam, Mis. George L. 
BucUinghani, Kate Buckingham, Emily Eldred Gladding Nelson. 
Warren, Daniel W. Gladding, Mrs. D. W . Gladding, Miss EUie S. 
Gladding, Miss Henrietta Gladding, Mrs. Jerome Willard, Miss 
Mary P. Bosworlh, Miss Florence E. Bosvvorth, Mrs, Annie Wald- 
ron Danna, Mrs. H. Fannie Ilaight, Ethel L. McKenzie, Nettie 
McKenzie, Ella H. Pierce. Barrington, Alverin M. Gladding, Mrs. 
Julia Gladding. Bristol, Mrs. Kuth E. Pitts, Alonzo Kenney, Mrs. 
Ellen T. Kenney. Mai-ia E. Lindsey, Annie F. Gladding, Marj' J. 
Green, Mrs. Mary A. Gladding, Anna B. Manchester, Mrs. Eliza- 
beth L. Douglass. Eunice B. Manchester, Maria C. Douglass, Marie 
L. Duffy, Annie M. Duft'y, Sadie C. Munioe, Lenora V. Wardwell, 
Alice E. Gladding, Eliza Uzelle Wardwell, William L. Manchester, 
Genevie L. D. Manchester, Joseph Gifford, Benjamin S. Gladding, 
Elizabeth Gladding, Mrs. Susan C. E:islerbiooks, Mrs. Hannah S. 
Burgess, John G. Cantield, Mrs. Rachel T. Gifford, John A. C. 
Gladding, Albert E. Sparks, Mrs. Helen V. Canfield, Theodore O. 
Gladding, Nath'l A. Gladding, Hattie A. Gladding, P^mma E. Glad- 
ding, Jesse G. Gladding, Mrs. Louisa Gladding, Miss Inzie S. Pitts, 
Miss Ruth Harding Pitts, Miss Mary Rounds, Miss Eva May Cole, 
Ella May Waldrou, Wm. T. C. Wardwell, J. Howard Manchester. 
Newport, James G. White, Ida R. Gladding, Sanford T. Gladding, 
Daniel C. Denhara, Cynthia C. A. Stevens. Sus in Barlow, Susan 
Jannet Tilley, Agatha M. P. Albro, Samuel P. Gladding, Mrs. 
Samuel P. Gladding, Mrs. Bessie V. D. Gladding, Joseph Steel 
Gladding. Cottage City, Mass. : Mrs. Benjamin F. Rice. Warren, 
R. L : Miss Linda Lawton Haight. 



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This book or work treats wholly of family matters, and as Uncle 
H.'s pilgrimage will count three score five and ten years on Jan. 11, 
1902, by request he ventures the following autobiography : 

My fntliei', Mr. Benjamin Gladding, was the seventh in direct line 
from the settlers John and F^lizabeth Rogers Gladding. 

My mother, Mahitable Turner Coggeshall, was a direct descendant 
of John Coggeshall, the president of the colony that founded the 
city of Newport, R. I. 

My parents married at Bristol, R. I., Sept. 27, 1814. In the fall 
of 1816, with one son, the}' removed to Chenango county, N. Y., 
where I was born Jan. 11, 1827. In the fall of the same year, with 
their six children, they removed to Waterville. My father served 
four years' apprenticeship at the carpenter trade in Providence. At 
Waterville he worked at his trade until about 1832, when he changed 
his hand to that of manufacturing rope and cordage. I suppose the 
cause for this change was his large and growing family. I had five 
brothers and sisters added, all born at Waterville. The youngest 
died at birth. 

Such a tribe of boys and <^irls eoiisuine a power of bread, sirs, 
But then, our little tiii<jers could warp, twirl and lay, 
Heal, hank and bale the clialk and tishiu^ lines; 
And this is why we never lacked for shoes or bread, sirs. 
It is a well known fact that the children of musical parents take 
readily to music. My parents were what some call born mechanics. 
It would be a long story were I to try to portray the skill and tact 
thev seemed to possess at their very fingers-end for all kinds of mech- 
anism. It is not strange tiiat their childi-en should inherit some of 
this faculty. As the twig is bent the tree will be inclined. 

I was apprenticed to the machine trade at Waterville. The time 

of my apprenticeship expired six months ere I was of age. I had 

planned to try fortune somewhere to the east. When free I left for 

Rhode Island, and located in Bristol July 1847. Bristol became mj^ 

^. home for the most of the time for the next ten years. During this 

I period so much transpired it now seems it should have covered the 

I' half of my life. At first I engaged with the Pokanoket cotton mill, 

i putting in new machinery, and this job lasted till the fall of '49, 

when I returned to Waterville, and worked at Oriskany Falls that 


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i winter. I was often ill when in my -teens. While :it Bristol my >• 
i. health was good. This winter I was qnite poorly. On my leturn to > 
I Rhode Island I soon regained my health. I engaged with the Bristol j 
Butt Foundry, to take charge of the machinery, patterns, «&;c. This | 
'• concern was burned in the summer of 1850. Next I joined in purl- ^ 
nership with J. Gladding, in the tin, slu'ct-iron and stove business, 
adding the jobbing and plumbing business. In tliis I did very well. 
About this time I engaged in another coi)artnership which involved a 
matrimonial union, witii one of Bristol's most amial)le daughters, 
Miss Emily P. Eldred, daughter of Ci\[)t. Samuel and Leviua Bar- 
bour Eldred. This contract was ratified in the Christian Church, 
Apr. 2, 1841, and celebrated by about a month's sojourn visit with 
our kindred in Herkimer, Oneida and Chenango counties, N. Y. 

About- Ibis lime the plank road craze was at its height. My 
brother, Mr. B. F. Gladding, with others, contracted to build about 
ninety miles of road, from Petersburg to Boydton and Clarksville, 
Va. To build ninety miles of continuous road, with the bridges, 
(one bridge had a 250 feet span, said to be the longest arch in the 
world to that date), required many million feet of lumber. To make 
the lumber the compan}^ sent out seven steam saw mills. I was en- 
gaged as master mechanic to set up and keep this machinery in or- 
der. "Wife was to go out and teach the children of the several fam- 
ilies on the work. For this I chased out my business in Bristol 8e[)t. 
18, '51. We left for New York. Met on board steamship City of 
.Richmond my brother, and family, and others, bound for the James 
river, Va. We were soon in our new home, with plenty of business. 
Matters went verv well with us until the obstinate sickness of my 
dear Family. This incident I have ever considered the greatest afliic- 
tion of my life. A detailed account would not alter the fact. Our little 
daughter came to us Mar. 22d, 1852. Her mother was attended by an 
elderly doctor, one of the company from central New York. For all 
our loving care she passed away April 11th. 

All things are of God, and this was one of the all things. I 
fully believe I shall meet her again. Until then I wait. 
^ My poor little waif weighed only five pounds when she was three 

I months old. She is still living and has passed her 49lh year. ^ 

I I did not remain in Virginia till the Avork was finished. I came 

< back to Bristol in the early summer of '52. This time I worked for 
J. Garner until his works were burned in the winter of '54. I 
married the second time, Sept. 12th, 1853, to Miss Sarah M. Wald- 


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ron, (laughter of Capt. Allen and Martha Gladding Waldron, all of 

My last engagement in Bristol was with the Biirnside Gun Works. 
This work was established there 18.54. The '57 panic nearly closed 
the works. In '58 they removed to Providence. With this work I 
was an all-round man : had the oversight of boiler, engine and ma- 
chinery, tool maker and 'inventor. My labor-saving devices, for some 
parts of the lock, &c., especially in the forging department, reduced 
the labor cost from 5 to 100 per cent. As with the soldier in this 
matter, so with me: the soldier fights the battle; tiie general gets the 
{)raise. With the closing and the removal of the gun work to Provi- 
dence 1 was virtually frozen out of the grand old town, after a ten 
years residence. 

We removed to Providence 1858. My brother James and I, under 
the name of H. C. & J. N. Gladding, established a machine busi- 
ness, principally for all odd jobs. With the beginning of the big fam- 
ily quarrel, 1861, things looked shaky, with much uncertainty. How- 
ever, Mr. J. Ralph and I secured a contract from the government for 
a large quantity of gun locks. We were practical gunsmith mechan- 
ics, not real business men; so we wisely turned the contract over to 
Walter Coleman & Sons (as the sequel proved, for it failed them 
up), Ralph to have a general oversight, I master mechanic, at a 
fixed salary. We en)ployed al)Out seventy hands and finished the 
contract. Afterwards I took a position as foreman of the machine 
department in the Union Screw P\-ictory. This concern was absorbed 
by the Eagle Screw Co., about two years later, when I started a 
business of my own, as before. 

As an autobiography is supposed to porti-ay the spirit and charac- 
teristic features of a writer, we trust a few lines concerning the pict- 
ures in this book will be in order. The artistic work on all the pict- 
ures , except the half-tones, was the wotk of the writer. The sketch- 
ing and drawing were done with the aid of an instrument invented 
and patented by ihe writer. The instrument is a veiy ingenious de- 
vice for measuring all ol)jects in a landscape, or any object 3'ou wish 
to [)ortray. It is somewhat like the pantagraph. We call it a Loco- 
graph, because with it any one can locate, or draw on paper, or in his 
picture, all objects in the scene in exact proportion, with an}' artistic 
skill. Please examine fixed objects in these pictures, for exact pro- 
portion, one part with another; especially, the picture called Hoppin 






Square. It accompanies tliis article. This instiuiueiit has nothing 
to do with the shadintr:' that wliolly depends on the skill of the i 
artist. > 

Hoppin square picture shows the neighborhood in which we liave i 
resided for the last thirty-two years. \ 

I have already- mentioned my inclination towards being an all- 
round mechanic. In this picture may be seen a glim[)se of my hand- 
iwork as an architect, carpenter and builder, in the three-story house 
on the center corner, and the one to the left, 9 Hoppin street. It is 
here Aunt Sarah, and Uncle Henry, expect to spend the balance 
of their days. This article is already too long for its intrinsic value, 
but I add this incident : — 

A doctor who had made a call on a sick woman, one of our tenants 
who occupied rooms on the top tloor of the block, was returning 
b}' the side door. I waited in the yard to inquire the condition 
of his patient. We had never met before, but when we met I 
saw he was measuring me up. After answering my question, with 
a little twinkle in his eye he said, "Ah, I thought there was an orig- 
inal character around this corner." Uncle Henry. 


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Soon after our 1H90 leunion tliere was a manifest desire for some > 
one to prepare a souvenir of that niein(Mal)le ever.t. By a popular 4 
request Uncle W. consented to i\o what he co\ild. it t)eing his Hrst and 
only attempt of the kind. 

I in:iy s:iy fioin my cailiest recollection I was inclined toward gen- 
eolouical investigation. Vi-ry well do I remember the interest and 
pleasure I experienced in the study of my uncle John's genealogical 
manuscript ch:iit. He liegiin it 1832 and finished in '."iS. 

I secured one of cousin Allen's charts ms soon as printed. From 
this date I l)ey,an securing data, thinking to extend the chart. This 
matter was combined with the souvenir, and as soon as convenient 
the matter was in the hands of the printer, with the first leaves of 
the chart. From that date to this, with doggeil persistence, we have 
utilised the limited time our limited means would allow us to devote, 
for gathering data for this work. 

From Savage's Genealogical Dictionary of New England : 

Jol)n Gladinjr. Eliz. Rogers, Newbery. ni. 17 .July. 1666. Had. Susan, b 
6 Oct.. 1668; .lobn. 11 Oct.. 1670; VVilliani. 25 .Tuly. 167:^ ; Eliz., 15 Sept., 
1676; Mary. 14 Jan., 1679; Hannah. 8 Nov.. 1681. 

The above is a true copy. Gladding is spelt with one d. Eliz., 
without doubt, is abbreviation of Elizabeth; Had we this matter 
sooner it would have appeared at the head of the chart as it is in- 
serted above. 

The John and Elizabeth Rogers Gladding married at Newbury, 

Mass., 1666, were our first American ancestors, the settlers, as to all 

'known dates, yet. Bristol town records are in harmony with Savage. 

It is only uncle John's m.-iilcr of trndition that difTers. We have the 

former chart copied in fiiil in this work* See p:ige [m] 

To Whom it may Concern : Please do not fail to write (in 3-our 
l)ook) all known matters, in the l)lank spaces, as the^ above indicates, 
for the benefit of the living, and children yet unborn. 

XoTE. — Much of correspondence and personal interview has been con- 

< snnied in obtaining data. es))eciallv matters concernni'j tlie maternal parent. '> 

4 Tlie former charts follow the male line only ; in the new chart the father's ^ 

I name in full heads each famil}'. The mother's name, when known, is in- ^ 

^ scribed in full, with birth, marriage and death dates, also the family resi. > 

^ deuce. The married daughters have tiieir husband's name follow their ^ 
name. (See the chart.) 

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^ The first family, that fnmily at the beginning of each generation, 

^ is sui)i)osed to be tlie cliildren of the oldest son who marries and has 

^ childien. He will be known by tiiis C^star. 

^ John and Elizabeth Rogers Gladding, the settlers, constitute the 

first generation. Their children constitute the second generation. 
The third generation is the settlers' grandchildren. The fourth gen- 
eration contains all of the settlers' great grandchildren, onlj" ; and 
so on. The oldest son and his family are at the head of each gener- 
ation ; the next oldest, in true line, to the end or foot of each gener- 
ation. See page G for abbieviations, &c. 

Exam2ile.- Turn to page L, generation 7. Find #24 William, &c. 
Next, turn to page T, 8th generation. Find f 24 William Gladding. 
Her 24 is a father, ^^68 William James, is 24 oldest son. Now take 
his number, #68 William J, to generation nine. Find f 68 William 
who is father. #73 William is 68 son. We have now three genera- 
tions. 24 William is grandfather, 08 William is son, and 73 is 
grandson. This 73 and his children you will find on page (i), tenth 
generation, f 73, Asa Wood, &c. Take any of these, number and 
generation, and trace the opposite way back to the settlers. 

This chart is not without omissions, and more or less errors ; yet 
I think, as a whole, it is correct. The blank space is left for inter- 
ested parties to fill. 

In completing this work I wish to extend ray sincere thanks for the 
kind assistance offered and rendered by the cousins. 



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With the beginning of this subject we submit the letter of Mr. > 

John Gladding, the 7th, which he sent with his ingeniously arranged 

Chart, from his home, central New York, to his brother Edward of 

Bristol, R. I. Also the remarks of cousin Allen I. Gladding, of 

California. Cousin Allen took up these matters where uncle John 

left them. With commendable persistence he searched out the names 

of all who were born to the family that he could obtain up to that 

date. The aforesaid letter and remarks were inscribed on Allen's 

new chart. These matters set forth the origin and consecutive order 

in which this chart has descended to us, and tell their own story 

better than I could think to write it. — Uncle H. 

[Copy of a letter written by John Gladding, to his brother, Edward 

T. Gladding.] 

Pharsalia, Chenango Co., N. Y., 
June 18, 1838. 

Agreeable to your request, I send you this Chart of the Gladding 

Family, with every branch of it as far and as correct as I am at 

present able to do it. When I was at Rhode Island, on a visit in 

the winter of 1832-3, I had a favorable opportunity of obtaining 

many of the famil}' records, that are on this chart. I do not say 

that it is perfectly correct ; indeed, I found it impossible to get all 

the information I wanted, so as to satisfy myself, and I might, for 

aught I know, have made some mistakes where correct information 

has been given me ; but I think it is very nearly correct. 

I have been informed by my grandfather, (when I was a boy), 

that it had been handed down to him by tradition : That the first 

John Gladding came over from England to Phmouth Colony, some 

twenty (Should read fort}'. — h. c. g.) years after the first settlers 

landed ; and about the same time thev began to emigrate from the > 

i colony to the west; he with others came and settled on what is called ^ 
4* ^ ■> 

i- Bristol Neck, in the state of Rhode Island, he being then about ^ 

twenty years of age. I have seen in the town clerk's office in Bristol, * 

a record of the following, viz. : John Cladding's mark for neat cattle 

and swine is a slit one-third the length, in the left ear, dated 16G2, 




(Should read 1G82. — h. c. g.) T forget which month. This must 
have been the 1st John Gladding on the chart. You well know the old 
manuscript that has been handed down from the oldest John, to his 
oldest son John, &e., has of course come to me, which was written 
by the grandson of the first John Gladding on the chart, or rather 
commenced by hiin, the said grandson, and all his successors in the 
line of the oldest son Johns have kept their family records ever since 
down to mine. He begins his family record and journal thus : — ""I, 
John Gladding, son of John Gladding and Alice his wife, was born 
September 18. yr. 1G94, Tuesday. John Gladding, and JNIartha his 
wife married Thursday, Jul}' 12, 1716." He then goes on with the rec- 
ord of the births of his children, and in his journal mentions when 
his brothers William, Jonathan and Joseph were married, &c. ; and 
he says : "April 27, 1726, ray grandfather, John Gladding, died, 
aged 85 ;" so that he must have been born iu the year KUl. He 
also mentions when his brother Ebenezer was married, and when his 
cousin James Gladding was married. I am not positively certain f^ \ v:x 
that this cousin James's father was Ebenezer, but I have got the im- ' Iatm^o^^ 
pression some how or other that his name was Ebenezer. He also 
records in his journal : "March 23, 1729, my mother, Alice Gladding, 
died." I will now omit making any more extracts from this John 
Gladding, and will make a few from his oldest son, John Gladding. 
He commences his journal thus: "September 25, 1738. I, John 
Gladding, was married to Mary Drown on Monday night." He then 
goes on and records the births of his children, &c., and mentions 
many curious incidents and remarkable events that happened in Bris- 
tol in his days. He records, "April 14, 175'J, my wife died, aged 
about 40 years." 175'J, was married the second time, September (5, 
to Hannah Short. He says, "June 6, my mother, that was Martha 
Smith, died, in the 73d year of her age." I shall quote no more 
from this John Gladding's record and journal, who was our great- 
grandfather, and of course was great-grandson of the first John 
Gladding on the chart. The next John Gladding, and oldest son of 
John, &c., was our grandfather. He begins his record in the same 
manner as his predecessors, viz. : "I, John Gladding, Jr., was 
married to Lucretia Smith, Thursday, September 17, 1761." Tiien 
he goes on with the lecord of the births of his children, &c. The 
next record was by our own dear father. He begins his record, viz. : 
"January 11, 1784. I, -John Gladding was married to Rachel Tolbee, 

, it 




and the record of ours and our brothers' and sisters' births." 

I will copy no more from the old records and journals, but relate 
some things traditionary. It is said that there was another person 
by the name of Gladding that came over in the same vessel with our 
ancestor, and not at all related to him as they knew of ; and is said 
that he settled on the Connecticut river ; and the probability is that 
it was so, as there are families of Gladdings in Connecticut, and 
others that have removed from there to other parts of the country, 
that do not appear to belong to the Family on the present chart. 
The James Gladding marked 8 on the Chart, at a very early day re- 
moved from Bristol up into Massachusetts, — I have forgotten the 
name of the town, — and his son Samuel, raaikcd 20, removed from 
there into Vermont state ; and after living there a while, removed 
again to Greenbush, in the state of New York, and his son Samuel, 
marked 44, lives now in New York city, a ship carpenter, and his 
brother Onslow resides in Canada, I think Montreal. His family, if 
he has any, I know nothing about. The four sons of Jonathan 
Gladding, marked 7, which are Jonathan, Nathaniel, Timoth}' and 
Benjamin, these four brothers removed to Newport at an earh' day, 
and when the Revolutionary war broke out, Timothy and Benjamin, 
marked 18 and 19, removed to Providence, from whom most of the 
Gladdings in Providence sprang ; and those families of Gladdings 
that now reside in Newport mostly descended from Jonathan and | 

Nathaniel, marked IG and 17. There ar_e families of Gladdings in 
Newport that sprung from Solomon Gladding, which you will find on 
the chart marked 15. I think he removed from Bristol to Newport 
since the Revolutionary war. I think you must remember old Mr. 
William Gladding, that lives in Bristol, marked 14, the father of 
Stephen and Thomas, likevpise you may remember old Mr. Samuel 
Gladding, the gnager, marked 25, the father of Samuel Gladding, 
the cooper, and Philip Gladding. Uncle Josiah Gladding, marked 
22, in the time of the revolution removed from Bristol to Middle- 
town, in Connecticut. His descendants have scattered, — some in 

<■ Albany, Vermont, western New York, and New Haven. You will . 

4. • r 

I notice that there are thirty-five John Gladdings in the several fam- [ 

^. ilies, and see the whole live of the grandsons of the first John, ^ 

t named their first sons after themselves. You will find a considerable > 
t . . > 

man}' family spaces left blank, especialh- in the eighth generation. 





J' so that if any should cop}' this, and their whole family' not being on t 

< the chart, it can be easily added. t 

< Yours, fraternally, t 

at the top of the Seventh generation on the Genealogical Chart. 
Edward T. Gladding. Bristol, R. I. 

[Remarks by ALLEN L GLADDING.] 

Genealogical Investigations. 

At no period since the first settlement of our country, has the 
public mind been so deeply interested in genealogical research, as is 
now visible among all classes of men. On everj- side, individuals 
are to be found searching the homesteads of their forefathers, and 
the national, state, county, town and cimrch archives for the treas- 
I ures which for centuries have escaped observation ; and in every 

' ancient burial-place maj- be seen some venerable representative of 

*'01d Mortality," brushing up and re-chiselling the fading memorials 
on the '•'■headstones of the Covenanters.'' There is a glow of piet}' 
j mingled in the thought that we can trace our ancestry to the May- 

fiower, and other kindred ships, freighted with the lovers and defend- 
ers of civil and religious liberty, in the early days of our country's 
history ; and when looked at in sober reality, there is a vein of de- 
vout and filial pride running through these ancestral researches. If 
we find ourselves descended from noble and praiseworthy ancestry, 
there is a laudable ambition in striving to imitate their example. If 
we are descended from those less amiable, there is an honest pride in 
the thought that we are not responsible for their faults. If we profit 
by their faults, and improve our race, we are certainly entitled to 
credit. Among the benefits derived from a sheet like this, may be 
mentioned the fact, that w'hen the relationship existing is rendered 
visible to the mind, it creates and fosters a feeling of fraternal 
^ brotherhood, among many wIk; knew not before that any blood > 
kindred existed between them ; thus enlarging and purifying the \ 
I circle of family feeling ; oui- children, and children's children, sur- | 
•< veying these records, will be incited to imitate the noble acts of their \ 
* forefathers. The motives that prompt research into the knowledge ^ 
of ancestry, are usually founded in pious instincts. But there are 


--^-^■^-^■^-^^ ^<:^£p^^^ 

other motives, perhaps, equally blameless, to be found in the 
^'- a rg amentum ad pecunican." The vast amount of property, partic- 
ularly in Europe, held in abeyance for want of rightful heirship, and 
the frequent occurrences in this branch of finance, should stimulate 
men to acquire a knowledge of their race, sufficient to meet these 
exigencies, and thus prevent erroneous judicial results ; and a history 
of a family, prepared without any reference to such heirship, would 
have tenfold more weight in the courts of law, than any hasty pro- 
duction especially prepared for such emeigency. These few laconic 
hints may serve to call more minute attention to the important uses 
of genealogical researches. 

It can be seen by tlie letter of Mr. John Gladding, (at the head 
of the 7th generation), that the family records have been kept from 
the first down to the seventh cjeneration. I have ihiouo-h much labor 
filled the vacant spaces, made corrections, and comi)leted this Chart 
so far as I have been able to get information. In performing this 
work, I feel under obligations to many for the kind attention and 
assistance rendered me. 

No. 140, eighth generation, San Francisco, Cal. 


:^'^ 'S^: 


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The settlers, John and Elizabeth Rogers Gladding, according to 
Savage, (Genealogical Dictionary of New England), were naarried 
at Newbary, Mass., 166^.V To them, at Newbary, were born six 
children. His grandson states, in his genealogical record, "April 27, 
1726, My grandfather, John Gladding, died aged 85." So he was 
born 1640 or -41, and he must have resided at Newbary about twenty 
years. It is well known that they removed to Bristol 1680 or -81. 
He was a freeholder and voted with the 76 electors at the first elec- 
tion in that town. 

As the foregoing data and other matters in our new Chart disagree 
more or less with the former chart, hence, for comparison, we have 
reprinted and added the old chart to this book. See page {m). 



# parent, (father or mother) ; / family ; m married ; b born ; d died ; 
gro group ; di died in infancy ; gf grandfather ; gr-ch grandchildren. 

Example.- Turn to page I. Find generation 6 and €=Vi. With '12 Ezra 
turn to page L. Find/ (family) 12. 12 Ezra is now a father, of children 
20, 21, 22. Ezra runs out having no grandchildren. His brother. / 13 -Jo- 
siah, will be grandfather, at the head of his group of grandchildren in gen- 
eration 8, page T, the same as grandfather No. 2 Josiah, on page L. 



No. 1 John and Elizabeth Rogers Gladding, the settlers, m. at 
Newbary, Mass., 166^^.7 Mr. Gladding b. in England, 1640-41. 


/ 1. John and Elizabeth Glad- 
ding's children. 

1 Susan, b Oct. 5, 1068 ^' 
^■2 John, b Oct. 11, 1()70 
^53 WiUiaui, b July 2o. 1673 

4 Eliz tbeth, b Sept. 15, 1676 

.") Marv, b Sept.-1+, 1679 ^Of^ \ L 
6 Hannah, b Nov. 8, 1681 

Born at Bristol : 

t-Ss7 Tona'.han, h Miv 16, 1685 Joi 
t;'-8 "D.miel, b May 8, 16S7 KiD^, 
9 Sarah, b Nov! 20, 1691 


.Tohn and Elizabeth group of grand- 
children. '-A-) 

V'2 John Gladdinir, b Oct. 11, 1670, nv Alice, 
dau of Uzill W^ardell, Oct. 13, 1603. 
Their dust now rests near their p.irents 
in the old Bristol bu 'ial g/onnds. 

^§r John, b Sept. 18, 169-t 

2 Mary, b Nov. 30, lOilfi 
CP Will am, b Oct. 13, 1698, 
-^J4 J niathan, b [an. 5, 1701 ]>'' 
5 Eb -nt zer, b Dec. 8, 1702 
^() lo.( ph, b Oct. 2, 1704 

7 "A icc.b M.r. 14, 1706 

8 Elizabeth, h Sept. 13, 1708 

9 Ni.thaniel, b D-C. 16, 1709 

10 S irah, 1st, b May 27, 1712 

11 Sarah, 2d, b May 21, 1715 

t DoubtfLil which was the f.ither of l ^ ' Janico , 13 Sar;ili. 

{Third Generation continued.) 

/3 Wiliiaiu Gl uldiiig, b at Biistol, July 23, 
1()73, 111 Marv 

Children : 
a Mary, b Dec. 7, 1700 
h Samuel, b May 19, 1703 

(" Eliz^tbeth, b Auij. (j, 1705 

1 8 Daniel (JIadding 

%11 James B 6Y'oi.( , n 1 av^vi^Ww. t Wa-) 

13 Sarah 



John and Alice Gladding group of 

f 1 John Gladding, b Sept. 18, 1G94, m Martha 

dau of Richard .Smith 
^Sl John, b Jan. 30, 1717 
5;P Charles, b July 10, 1719 

3 Daniel, b M.iy 20, 1721 

4 Martha 

5 George 
%lo Samuel 

7 Phebe 

8 Mary 


/ 3 William Gladding, b Oct. 13, 1698. 

. . ',. '^ '-r Qtt*.u ... Bristol, R. I. 

^P William 
^^10 Solomon 


/ 4 Jonathan Gladding, b June .'5, 1701, 

'  . , Bristol,, R. I. 

^jjsll Jonathan 
5Xsl2 Nathaniel 
^J13 Timothy 
^Sl4 Benjamin 


/ 6 Joseph Gladding, b Oct, 2, 170/;^ 

1,5 Samuel -^ 

^^16 Joseph 
17 Cary 
!,>< Jonathan 

19 Peter 

20 Priscilla 

21 David 

|;s22 Henry 

23 Stephen 
fgi,\ John 

25 Benjamin 

26 Kbenezer 

27 Nathaniel 

28 Alice 

William and Mary's grandchildren. 
12 , 1st JAMES BRANCH. 

J d Jam s Gladding, b at Bristol, Sept. 21, 
1707; twice m : ist, (cousin) Alice, dau 
of John and Alice Gladding. 

Jame.s Gladding died on his return 
from camp. Lake George, 1760. His 
widow, Sarah, died Dec. 26, 1788, ag. 

S^ie James b Apr. 19, 1731. Alice died Aug, 
25, 1734. Second, m Sarah Fairbanks. 
niC. 1, 1737. 

f Sarah, Dec. 20, 1738 
g Alice, Aug. 20, 1740 
&i William, b Jan. 24, 1744-5 
'.-"/ Samujl, b Mar.l 6, 1749.50 

(2d James Branch.) 

/ 12 James Gladding 

29 lames 
#'j30 Samuel 




f 1 jchn Gladding, Mary Drown. Hannah 
Short, Bristol 





John, b Jan. 3, 1739 



Maltha ist 


M irtha ad 


Solomon ^. C\ 

Josiah f V)-i' 


J 6 Samuel Gladding 

f5lO Samuel 
f^ll Nathaniel 

12 George 

13 Marv, Deacon Hammond 

14 John 

Later Information. 

Barrington, R. I. Fourth jfenerntion. 

No. 2 Charles and Jndith Gladding's 

Children : 

9 1-2 Ludia 


10 " Sarah 


11 " Charles 


12 " George 


13 " Joseph 


U " Judith 




Grandchildren of No. 3 William and 

'« James Gladding, b at Bristol, Apr. 19, 
1731, m Oct. 1.5, 17.58, at Rehoboth, Jo- 
anna Wheeler, of R 

J James, b Aug. 31, 1761, m Anna Maker 
k Ebenezer, b Mar. 2, 1763 
/ Mary, b Apr. (i, 176.5 
m Ann, b Jan. 2:5, 1768, m Feb. 16, 1792, John 

n William, b July 13, 1770, m Sylvia 
o Richard, b Mar. 31, 1775 

fh William Gladding, b Jan. 24, 1744-.5, m An- 
na Sprague, of Rthoboth, R. I., Oct. 
1.5, 176.5 

/ Tames, and his brother, 

k Ebenezer, were soldiers in the Revolution- 
ary war 


/■g William Gladding 

fp5 William 

16 loseph 
jjjn Ebenezer 

18 Charles 

19 Hannah 
^;J20 Stephen 

21 Jeieniiah 

22 Timothy 

23 Molly 

y"3 Solomon Gladding 

24 Esther 
's25 Solomon 

Jonathan group of grandchildren. 

/ 11 Jonathan Gl;:dding, Providence, R. I. 


:26 Allen 

27 Jonathan 

28 Phcbe 

29 Susan, Wm. Davenport 

30 Benjamin 

31 Abigail 

.32 S irah, Walker Humphrey 
?P3 John 

/ 12 Nathaniel Gladding, 

Providence, R. I. 

34 Sarah 
.3.5 Mary 

36 Betsey 

37 Hannah 
*s.38 Warren 
=;P9 Nathaniel 
5;;J40 Jonathan 
SS41 Hale 

Provii'.eiKC, R. I- 

/13 Timothy Ghiclding, 

42 Nathaniel ist. 

43 Nathaniel 2d. 
^jJ44 Timothy 

45 Nancy 
C;46 John 

47 Betsey, D. Pitts 

48 Sarah G. 

49 Sylvinia,ist. 

50 Lydia Lowel Adams 
^;;;51 George W. 

5;iJ52 Nicholas 

53 Sylvinia, 2d. 

54 Harriet 

f 14 Benjamin Gladding, 

Providence, K. I. 
55 Sally 
5(J Polly 
5" Betsey 

58 Henrietta 

59 Benjamin, d at sea 

60 Anstras, ist. 

61 Joseph 

62 William 

63 Anstras, 2d, Benjamin Snow 

64 Lydia 

65 Emma, Samuel W. Wheeler 

JOSEPH Xo. 6. 

f 16 Joseph Gladdint;-. 

66 IJUis, C'apt. J. Larcher, J. Hardinijhurgh 

67 Joseph 

68 Cary 

69 Samuel 

/22 Henry Gladding. 

70 Joseph 

71 Sarah 

72 Rhoda 
i;;473 Henry 

y24 John Gladding 

74 Elizabeth 

75 Joseph 

76 Henry 

77 John 

These 77 sire great araiidcliildren of 
John Xo. 1. 2d generation. 

JAMES No. 12. 

/"30 Samuel Gladding, 

78 David 

79 Sally 

80 Thirsa 

81 Elizabeth 

82 Solomon 

83 Jonah 

84 Anstras 

85 Dolly 
^JS6 Samuel 

87 Marium 

Xo. 78 to 87 are great grandchildren 
of Ebenezer W. 2d generation. 


JOHX Xo. 1. 

y'john Gladding. Lucretia, dau. of Richard 
Smith, Bristol. 
m John 

2 Hannah, Ambrose Waldron 

3 Lucretia ist 
^•-.i Samuel 

5 Richard ist 

6 Benjamin 

7 Polly, Samuel Monroe, Mr. Howland 

8 Richard id 
!» Rebecca 

10 Sarah, Nathaniel Cole 

11 Lucretia, Otis Chase 

/2 Josiah 

#12 Ezra 
#13 Josiah 

14 Polly 
#15 Joseph 
#16 Timothy 

17 Susan 
#18 John 
#19 James 
#20 Daniel S. 

Middletowii, Conn. 

SAMUEL No. 30. 

/S6 Samuel Gladding 

153 John B. 

154 Onslow 

155 Marietta 

156 Julietta 

157 Susanna 

158 William B. 

159 Catharine E. 

At this date (1895) Ebenezer No. .i 
of the 2d generation must end unless 
more information is obtained. 

— Uncle H. 


JOHN No. 1. h 17.39. 

/I John Gladding, Rachel, dau of Edward 
Tolbee, Bristol R. 1. 





Edward Tolbee 

Lvdia, john Winslow 


Hannah, Joseph Sparks 

Samuel, d at sea, age 22 

Rachel, Samuel Sparks 


James N. 

fi Samuel Gladding, Charlotte, dau of joshua 
Ingraham, Bristol, R. I. 


Eunice, Joseph Coit 


Allen I. 


Samuel ist 


Richard S. 

e-14 John 



5^16 Gilbert R. 


Samuel 2d 


Martha J., Wm. Man 



Mary J., better known as the Good Sama- 


31 Mary Ann, Edraand Copeland, 1809 
#32 Elias K., 1810 

33 Xancy, Ira Ashly of Moretown, Vt., 1814 
3-1 Hannah, Norman Persons, 1815 

35 Harriet 

36 Emeline 

_/"15 Joseph Gladding, 


y" 12 Ezra Gladding 

20 Emily 

21 Jeremiah 

22 Ezra 

b 1741. 

/"13 Josiah Gladding, Hannah, dau of 

23 Amanda, born 179V 
Ci24 William, 1798 
«s25 Joseph H., 1800 

2G Stephen, 1802 

27 Maria, 1803 
#28 Horace, 1805 

29 Lath ram, 1S05 

30 Irene, Israel Carpenter, ISOS 

Albany, X. V 

#37 Timothy C. 
#38 George W. 

39 Ruana, Wilhelmas Pangburn 

■to Samantha 

H John 
#42 Daniel P. 

4:3 Charlotte. da 20 

U Ann C. S. di 

/16 Timothy Gladding, 


^^ Freeman 

46 Timothy A. 
#47 james M. 

48 John 

49 Lucy 
#.50 Henry I-. 

51 Charles 

52 George AV. 
.53 Frances E. 

Albany. X. Y 

/18 John Gladding, Mary, dau of 

Rutter, Ashtabula Co., O. 

i^JfTti Russell R. 
#.55 Joseph 

.56 Sally, Sacket 

57 Mary 

.58 Marvin 
#5.59 Marquis 

60 James 

61 Nancj' 

/19 James S. Gladding 

62 Lucy 



Grandfather No. I JOHX'S Group of 
Grand Children. 




John Gladdino- married Rachel, 
daughter of Edward Tolbee, June 
11, 1784. John born Xov. 19, 1762. 
died Oct. 20. 1821. Rachel, born 
died Doc. 14. 1849. A gar- 
den farmer and Bristol County 
Deputy Sheriff. 

John, b. Oct. -23, 1784 

Edward Tolbee, b. Dec. 22, 1787 

Lydia, b. June 17, 1790, m. John Winslow, 

of Fairhaven, Mass. Mo. of 6 children 
Benjamin, b. Feb. 9, 1792 
Hannah, b. Aug. 6, 1794, m. 1st, Mr. Lind- 

sy, 2 children, m. 2d, Joseph Spark, 1 dau 

Samuel, b. 1797, d. at sea ag-. 20 
Rachel, b. Oct. 20, 1800, m. Hon. Samuel 

Sparks, mo. of 8 children 
james X. Oct. 4, 1887 





Edmand. b. Oct. 2, 1800 

Gilbert R., b. Mar. 4. 1^02 

Samuel 2d, b. Julv 1<>^, 1804 

Martha I , h. Sept. 7, 1806, m. Wm. Cox 

Manchester, of Bristol, R. 1. 

Wm. Allen 

Charlotte Gladding 

Frederic Harrisoff 

John Howard 

James Cook and Thomas Shepard (twins) 

Mary, the Almoner. Her good works ob- 
tained for her the sobriquet •'Good Sama- 
ritan." See page 100. Died Oct. S, 1809, 
aged 61 years. 


Grandfather No. 2 JOSIAH'S Group 
of Grand Children. 

/12 Ezra Gladding 

/4 Capt. Samuel Gladding and Char" 20 Emily 

•> r r. 21 Jeremiah 

lotte, daughter of Josiah and 22 Ezra 
Mary, (widow of Dr. I. Rich- 

mond). daughter of Capt. Paul /13 Jcsiah Gladding, Hannah, daughter of 

Unis, nee Ingraham. married Mar. 
1789. Capt. Samuel died Dec. 14. 
1813. aged 45. Charlotte died Xov. 
.5. 1836, aged 69. 

Ship owner and merchant capt- 
ain, Bristol. R. I. (See page 72.) 

10 Eunice, and Jo.seph Coit. of Newport, m- 

April 8, 1808 

Eunice, b. Xov. 12, 1789 
Coit children ; 

a Mar\- Mum ford 
b Chaflot'e Allen 
c Eunice Gladding 
d Hannih Martin 
e Lucretia Smith 
j John 1st 

^'Elizibeth Griswold 
h William Mumford 
/ John 2d 
j Byron Dimond 
k Joseph 

11 Allen I., b. Aug- 16, 1791 I.ost at sea 
Xov. 1810. The ship was never heard from 

12 Samuel ist, b. Feb. 22, 1794 
5^13 Richard S., b. Feb. 2.i, 1796 
^14 John, b. Mav 8, 1798 





Amanda, born 1797 

William. 1798 

Joseph H.. 1800 

Stephen. 1802 

Maria. 1803 

Horaee, 180.5 

Lathram. 1808 

Irene, Israel Carpenter, 1808 

Rev. Edmoud Copland and Marv Ann 
Gladding, m. ?ept. 1st, 18.30. Mary Ann 
died at Lydonville, Vt., Mirch 14, 189.1. 

a David, Dec. 21, 1832 
h Jane, Sept. 12, 1834 
r Ellen, Sept. 3. 18:16 
d J. Wesley, June 17. 1840 
e Edmond, July 6. 1846 
f Georgianiia, July 11, 1850 

f$32 Elias K. 
33 Xancy, b. 1814, m. Ira Ashby, of More- 
.34 Hannah, 1815, m. Xorman Persons 
3.") Harriet 
36 Emeline 


(Seventh Generation) 
/l5 Joseph Gladding, b. Oct. 17,1764. 
m. Rhoda. dau. of Benj. and Han" 
nah. {nee Ingi'aham), Crittenden, 
d. Apr. 12, 1888, tig. 82y. 79 days. 
Joseph and Timoth}' Gladding es- 
tablished 1810 the house painting 
and decorating plant No. 935 State 
St., Albany. 'N. Y.. a noted land- 
mark in the old capital city 
eph d. ag. 77 y. 47 d. 

e Frederic 
/ Emily 
^ Frank 

457 Mary, b. 1813, m. H. R. Hyde 

// Ruana 
/' Harriet 
J Olive 
k Austin 
/ Allen 
m John 
-.■JS M'avin, h. I8I0, d. 1893 
Jos- ^''--^9 Daniel Marquis, b. 1818 
iif.GO James, b. 1820 

61 Wansey, b. 18-2-2, d. 1853 

^P7 Timothy C. 
§J38 George W. 

39 Ruana, m. W- Pangburn 

Pangburn children : 
a Joseph 
b James 
c George 
J Ruana 

40 Samantha 

41 John 

5;rH2 Daniel Piatt 

43 Charlotte 

44 Ann C. S. 

/19 James S. Gladding 

/ 16 Timothy Gladding, b d. 

m. 1st, Lucy Morton. Artist and 
portrait painter, Albany. N. Y. 

5/;:45 Freman, b. July 11. 1815 
46 Timothy Allen, March 26, 1818. 

Painter. Private N. Y. Heavy Artillery, 
d. at City Point, Va., Nov, 20," 1864 

|;j47 James Morton, b. July 8, 1820 

48 John, b. 1822, drowned 1835 

in. 2d, Cynthia Whipple, who was 
sister of John Wliipple. father of 
Henry B. Whipple, Bishop of Min- 

49 Lucy, b. Apr. 27. 1826 
^^50 Henry I.., Sept. 14, 1827 

.■^l Charles \V., June 20, 1830 
.W George \V. 

53 P'rances E., m. Rev. Charles Hays, D. D. 
of Phelps, N. Y. 

n Mary Frances, 1855 
b Charles, di 
r Anna W., di 
1/ Margarett A., 1801, teacher 
e Catherine E., 1863 
/Henry W., 1874, student 

/18 John Gladding, b. in Conn., 1782. 
m. Mary Kutter, 1S06. Removed 
to O. See page 27 

^S.54 Russel R-, b. 1800 
5;;^.55 Joseph, 1808 

.56 Sally, b. 1811, m. Chancy Sackst 

1! Hannah 

b Orsemus 

r Mary 

d Luev 

62 Lucy 

63 Mary ist 

64 Tames 

65 Timothy 
6-> Sophronia 

67 Mary 2d 

68 Lafavette 

69 Priscilla 

70 Lucretia 

71 Maria 

72 jane 


flO Daniel S. Gladding, ni. June 18, 
1811, Sally Patten. 
Daniel, born Mar. 16, 1786. 
Sally, b. Jan 22, 1781, d. June 25, 

Paper box maker. New Haven, 

73 Edmond, h. 1821, d. 
5^74 Henry, July 16, 1816 
75 Francis, Aug. 20, 1820 


(Seventh Generation) 

(iraiidfather Xo. 5 DANIEI/S group 
of Grand Children. 

/ 24 C'apt. Natlianiel Gladding, b 

ni. NaiK^y. dan of Jonathan Peck, 
master and owner in tlie niercliani 
carrying trade. Sickened and diet' 
on a, voyage out from Xew Oi- 
lcans and was buried in the Gull 
of Mexico. All of Bristol, K. I. 
(See page 53.) 

w"" N'athaniel 
^;J77 Johathan P. 
igTS John 

79 N^ncy P., ist 
5;;J80 josiah 

81 Su.san W., ist 

82 Hannah H. 

S;{ William Frederic 

84 Susan W. 2d. m. Mr. Letherbcrar 

8,") Lvdia Richmnnd, m Thomas '^uin o! 
New York city. Mother of Dr. K. A. 
(^in, practicing phy.sician of \'icks. 
burg:, Miss. 

86 Nancv, m. Thomas Bell. Mother of nine 
daughters arid one son, who mostly re- 
side in Bedford City, Va. 

/ 26 Daniel Gladding 

m. Sarah Alger, of Warren. R.I 
Sailmaker. of Bristol. K. I. (See 
old Daniel Gladding house. 

87 Peter 
8S Daniel ist 
.S!) josiah 
!«» Daniel jd 

91 DoUv i.-.t 

92 Henry White 
98 Joseph A. 

94 Dollv, in. ^Vln. M.mchestcr, of Bristol 

K. i. 

9.") Sally, rn. Henry White 
9< HenVittta, d. ag. 20 
97 John Qj A. di 

Grandfather No. 9 JOSIAH'S group 

of Grand Children. 
/ 32 Solomon Gladding m. Xancy. 

dau. of Ambrose Waldron. all of 


*!';98 Edward 

Grandfather Xo. 10 SAMUEL'S 
group of Grand Children. 

/ 43 Samuel Gladding, b 

Seaman, of Bristol. 

100 Bt-tsev 

101 Martha 

102 Nathaniel 

103 .-^anniel 

104 Phillip 
10.> Benjamin 

Grandfather No. 11 Capt. XATIIAX- 
lEI/S group of Grand Children. 

/" .50 Joseph S. Gladding b. Dec. 11 

1787; d. at Hartford, Conn., Mar. 
24, 1S72; m. Apr. 23, 1817, Susan^ 
dau. of Esquire Cady, of Plain- 
lield. Conn. Manufacturer and 
mill owner, Moosup. Conn. 
Mary Elizabeth b. Feb. 16, 1819, 
. d. at Hartford Feb, 18. 1880. She 
m. Samuel Coit, of Hartford. 

Coit Children: 

lOG (/ Susan G. m. Samuel Day, of Conn. 
/' Joseph S. n. . Sarah Shaw, of Conn, 
r Mary E. married Dr- W. j. Bacon, of 

J Hattie I. m. E. T. Piatt, Washington, 

D. C. 
e Martha W. m. Rev. H. M. Ladd, of 

New York city- 
/ Samuel Bacon m. Leonora Bailey, of 


107 Phebe Ann, b. Plaintield, juneSO, 1823; 
died there March 15, 1S47 

108 Phebe 

109 Martha 

110 Susan 

/ 52 Xathaniel Gladding, b 

ni. Susan, dau. of Peter and Eliz- 
abeth Taylor. Merchant, import- 
er and wholesale dealer, of Prov- 
idence. R. I. 

/ 34 Joshua Gladding m. Betsey 
Corwiii. all of Bristol, K. I. 
99 Elizabeth L. di 

Second cousins group from No. 1 tO| 
Xo. 99. 

111 Nathaniel T., b. Nov . .'), 1827 

112 Eleonora E., b. Feb. 2, 1830 

113 Leonora 

114 William F., Aug. 22, 1&32 
ll.'i Jostphine ist, b. Sept. 18, 1^37 

116 j(sephine 2d, b. Feb. 2, 18.37, m. Shubael 

a Maria Hutchings, m. Augustus Beldin 
b Shubael Hutchins. 
^117 John Thomas, April 3, 18.39 
118 Susan Taylor, Aug. 22, 1841, m. Prof. R. 

c Harriet T. Thurston, m. Victor Collin 

{Seventh Generation) 

119 Elisha H., Aug. 14, 1843, di 
#1-20 Charles A., jan. 8, 1845 

121 Frank Raymond, Nov. 11, 1838, di 
1-22 Phebs S , Oct. 29, 1849, m. Kev. 
Gould. No issue 

S. S. 

/54 Samuel Gladdino^, b. Apr. 26. 
1804. d. iis- 92. m. l.<t Sarah. 
dan. of Joseph S\v<eet. importer 
and whole.«ale merchant, of 
Prov., R. I. See page 57. 

123 Samuel, di 

m. 2d, Sarah Rugj;les 

124 Saiah Ruggles, b. 1840, m. H. C. Hunt 

5^125 Frank Ruggles, 1842 
5^126 Charles Frederic, 1844 

m. 3d, Nancy Willi.ims 
Csl27 John R., 1858 

Xo. 1 to No. 127 form a ^roup of 
2d (Cousins and are li^reat i^rand cliild 
ren of No. 1 John of the 5th jrenera- 
tion. and ends the John Xo. 1 third 
generation branch for this generation. 


The above is No. 3 William of Gener- 
ation 3. 

Grandfather No. 25 SOLOMON'S 
Group of Grand Children. 

/ 64 William Gladding, b. 1792. 

/67 Solomon Gladding, b. 1800, m. 
1st, Clarissa Stanhope. 

^P34 William 
^cl35 Samuel 
^i^sloG C laiissa 

2d, m. Elizabeth Mumford 

137 Edward 

188 Theodore ist 

139 Ellen M. 

140 Theodore 2d 

141 Marium M. 

142 Arthur 

143 Jamts 

144 Charles 

145 George 

146 Elizabeth 

/69 John Gladding, b. 1804. m. 

CiJ147 William- 
5;i:148 Samuel 
C;J149 Solomon 
;;1.50 John 

William branch for this geneiation 
ends with No. 150. 








Samuel Gladding, b. 1797, m. 
Catherine, dau. of Christopher 
A. Cady, Jeweler, Providence. 

John C. 

Samuel Sherman 


The above No. 4 is Jonathan of Gener- 
ation 3. 

Grandfather 20 ALLEN'S Group of 
Grand Children. 

f7~o Kinsley C. Gladding, b. 

1.51 Catherine M. 

1.52 Frederick W. 

Grandfather IVS JOHN'S Group of 
Grand Children. 

/80 Josiah G. Gladding, h. 

m. Mary Brown, Providence. 

{Seventh Generation^) 

^51.53 William B. 
154 Mary Augusta, d. Feb. 2.), 1S99 

/ 82 Henry G. Gladding 

155 Louisa F. 

f 84 John C. and Abby Parm^ntcr Gladding, 

Providence, R. I. 

156 Ann E , m. Elisha 1. Aldrich 

157 Su^an C. 
C5lo8 William B. 

y" 85 Benjamin C Gladding, b. 

m. Hannah I., dau. of Wm. Pope. 

For maii3' year? Mr. Gladdinof was 
an important official in the Phcx'iiix 
Iron Found r3% Providence, R. I. 

159 Marv T., b. Dec. 13, 1S53 
©KW Frank, b- Jan. i9, 1855 

Gen. 5. No. 39 Xathaniers group of 

/91 Abraham S. (iladdia r. b. 

C^slGl Thomas C. 
5;!;=162 .Vbraha-n S. 
' 102 Nalhani.I B. 
I(i3 Maria 

164 Ann F. 

165 Ebeneazer 

/ 94 Jarvis E. Gladding, d. iS^, ag. 8S. 

Merchant tailor of Providence, R. I. 
m. ist, Ann B. Fcnner 




Nathaniel, b. 1S19 
Jarvis E., b. 1S22 
Thomas W., b. 1S27 
John F., b. 1833 

Married 2d, Harriet P., dau. of Nathan 
and Dolly, iiee Wood, Long 

William N., b. 1841, d. ag. 5 ye 
Edward W., b. 1S43, d. ag. 4 ye 
Zetel C, b. 1S4S, d. 
Mariam B., b. 1854, d. 

Generation 5. No. 41 Hale's group 
of grandchildren. 

/99 Capt. Thomas P. Gladding, b. 

Seaman, Providence. R. I., 

m. Sarah, dau. of Norri.s H. Hubbard 

#175 Thomas D. 

176 Hale 

177 Marv 

#178 lohn Norris 

179 I.aura F., m 


180 Annie E., m. 

Wm. Holmes, boss mould 

er, PhoL-nix 

Foundry, Providence 




181 Albeit A., d- 

182 Helen 

183 Harriet F. 

183 Sarah E., m. 

Joseph Mason 

/ 102 Charles Gladding, b. 

m. Ruth, dau. of Reuben Shove 

fa84 Rcub--n H. 

^sl85 Francis 

^1^186 Edmond Quincy 

/ 103 James W. Gladding, b. 

188 Julia D., m. Bcnj. Manton, U. S. Consul 
to Kio Janeiro 

189 Maiy A. 

190 James R. 

Generation 5, Xo. 44 
group of grandchildren. 


/ 108 John P. Gladding, b. 

m. Emily P., dau. of Howard Miele 

191 Loomis H. 

192 Emily 

193 MaryG. 

194 Benjamin O. 


(Seventh Generation.) 

Generation n, No. 51 George W's 
group of grandchildren. 

/ 1-20 George F. Gladding, b. 

202 Sally Earl 

203 Sarah E irl 

204 Emma Augusta 

/ 109 Henry B. Gladding 

m. ist, Mary E., dau. of S 

and Huntingfton 

m. 2d, 

Darning, of Prov. 

195 Elizabeth 
5}J196 Howard R. 
Cs!97 Harriet R. 
J%19S Royal H. 

199 Grace D., di 

Generation 5, Xo. 43 John's group 
of grandchildren. 

/ 119 Edivard Gladding, b. 

200 George E. 

201 Clarissa O. 

/ 122 Benjamin H. Gladding 

Founder of the B. H. Gladding popu- 
lar dry goods house. Providence, R. I. 

205 James Hill 
20G Mary Ann 
207 Harriet Louisa 

/ 144 John Hill Gladding, b. 

m. Lydia M., dau. of 

208 George Washington, b. March 14, 1854 

209 John Hill, b. jaii. 5, 18.)6 

210 Jam s Wilson, b. jan. 22, 18.57 

211 Frederick Earl, b. Jan. 6, 1860 

212 Nelson A., b. July 8, 1863 

213 Benjamin M. H.,b. Sept. 1866 

214 Eari Bourn, b. May 26, 1868 

End of this branch for the 7 "ren. 


This is Joseph No. 6. of generation 
3. mostly located in Bristol, R. 1. 

Generation .5, No. 73 Henry's group 
of gi'andchildren. 

/ 142. Henry Gladding, b. 
m. Elizabeth Lawton, Newport, R. I. 

215 John H. 

J 144 John Gladding, h 

Gabinetmakcr, Wickford, R. I. 
m. Hannah, dau. of 
No issue. 

Generation .5, No. 77, Capt. John's 
group of grandchildren. 

/ 145 Capt. John Gladding, b. jan. 19, 179S, di. 


(Seventh Generation.) 

March 20, 1S6:). In early lite a seaman 
and noted sailing master; later, a 
tradesman and sto.c keeper, at Bristol, 
R. I.; m. ut Ann Folgcr Baker, who 
d Dec. J). iS.)i, aif ^i. 
C=-16 William Henry, b Apr. 2, 18-9 

•217 Abby Ann, Mar. 17, 1821, d Jan. 19, iS — 
m Gilbtrt Kichmond. ilothei of one 

i^piS John H., b. Oct. 15, 1S23: m. 2d, Eliza- 
beth Lawlis, c f i3ristol. 

/ 147 Capt. Edward Ciladding^ 

m. Marv Wood 

■219 Phebe A., 
^j2'i0 Edward 
A-2-21 John 
5"v222 Henry 
|v223 Martin 
S";224 Thomas 

22o Joseph O- 

Newport, R. I. 


/ 148 Henry Gladding 
m. Mary, dau. of 

226 Susan 

227 Harriet 
V228 William I. 

m. Sanford Bryer 
m. Benj. Esterbrooki 

f l.TO Thomas Gladding 

m. Rebecca, dau. of 

and Thomp> on, Newport, R. I. 

220 Esther A., m.john Walker 

230 Frances, m. John Gladding 
2:11 Elizabeth, di 

232 Martha, m. Capt. Wm. Briggs 

233 Sophia, in. John Allen 
23'I Rc'iicca, di 
233 Man,-, di 

0236 Alexander 
;;g237 (iet rge 
^^^238 Christopher 
"239 Olive, m. Wm. Frank 
5"4240 Nicholas T. 

/ 2.t1 Josejih Gladding 
(m. Ellis Baker) 

241 Martin, ist 

242 Ellis, m.john Trip 

243 Stephen, ist 

244 John, di 

245 Stephen, 2d 

246 Martin, 2d 

247 Ann 

248 Maria, m. Charles Huddey 

/2.T2 William O. Gladding; 

Southwick, dau. of 

rn. Mary Ann 

249 AV'illiam H. 
2.50 Elizabeth, 
251 Ann 

Wm. I'ike 

End of the 7th generation. 


(Eighth Generation.') 


Group of ofrandchildren to No. 1 
Johu, of the 6th o:eneration. 

/ 1 John Gladding was born at Bristol, R. I., 
Oct. 23, 17S4; m. Nancy, dau. of James and 
Patty («(?(' 'i'virner) Coggeshall, all of Bris- 
tol. Mr. Gladding-, a rope maker by trade, 
with wife and three children removed from 
Bristol JSl.") or -16 to Pharsalia, N. Y., 
where he established a cordage plant. The 
works are now an important concern, 
owned and run by his grand- and great- 

1 Martha Turner, b. Aug. 4, 1810 
^1^2 Anstress j., b. Nov. -IS, 1811 

m. Jonathan Finch 
^P James Coggeshall, b. Nov. 12, 1813 
j;p Rachel Talby, b. Sept. 17, 1819; m. Charles 
Crittenden. One daughter 
5 John Arnold, b. Apr. 28, 1822; m. Mary 
Woodley. No issue 

/ 2 Edward Talby Gladding, b. Dec. 22, 1787, 
d. 1858, ag. 70. Garden farmer; m. 
Ruth, dau. of Capt. John Harding, all 
of Bristol, R. 1. 

6 Timothy X., di 
f=7 James Harding, b. July 22, 1813 
tS8 Edward 6. 
5g9 John 

10 Mary, (twins) ; m. 1st, John Watton, no 

issue: 2d, m. Daniel F. Gladding of 

Albany, N. Y. 
a Charles 
h Lizzie 

11 Hannah V., m. Francis Waldron, of Bris- 

tol. Mother of 8 children 

12 Charles M., di 

13 Susan B., di 

14 Sarah, m. Charles Anthony, of Fall Riv- 

er, Mass. 

/ 4 Benjamin and Mahitable (Coggeshall) 
Gladding, m. Sept. 27, 1S14. Benja- 
min b. Feb. 9, 1792, di Sep. 13, 1847. 
Mahitable b. July 17, 1797, 

Mr. Gladding was an apprentice to 
the carpenter and joiner trade at Prov- 
iaence. In the fall of 181."> or -16 he 
with his brother John and their fami- 
lies removed from Bristol to Chenango 
CO., N. Y. The family moved again 
1827 to Waterville, Oneida co. 

CJl.") Benjamin F., b Oct. 19, 181.5 

16 Mahitable Ann, b Jan. 28, 1818; m Thos. 
a Henrv T., b Mar. 8, 1846 
b Mary;b Feb. 26, 1850 
r John, b Jan. 7, 18.52 
5;|fl7 George W'., b Apr. 9, 1820 

18 Ellen, b Nov. 11, 1822; Aug. 13, 1855 m 
John Huike 
a Libby 
b Charles 
r Emma 
ii John 
e Lillie 
/ Lewis 
Csig Charles Giles, b Jan. 8. 1825 
^s20 Henry Coggeshall, b Jan. 11, 1827 

21 Maiyett. b Jan. 19, 1829: m P. Palmer 

22 Anjanett, b Mar. 26, 1831; m Geo. L. 

(7 Flora, di 
b Gwallis 
<" Carrie 
d Benjamin G. 
e Mira 
y Kate 
^P3 James Nickerson, b Jan. 21 18.31 

24 Lydia Winslow, b Oct. 8, 1838 

25 William, di 

/ 8 Stephen Gladding, b Feb. 21, 1803, m 1st, 
Hannah, dauC. H. I. Harding, of Bris- 
tol, R.I. Mr. Gladding was ajiprenticed 
to the carpenter trade with his brother 
Benjamin. This family early located 
at Smithfield. Bradford co., Va. 

i;P6 John 

f^27 Samuel 

28 Lydia, b 1840; ra Thomas L. Pierce 
a Addle 

b Myra 

c Emma 

d Walter 

e Bertha Gladding 

29 Anstress, m Orin Kniffen 

30 Josephine, m John Akin 

/ 9 JamesNickerson Gladding, b Oct. 4, 1807; 
m Lucretia, dau of Nathan and Sarah 
fGladding) Cole, all of Bristol, R. I. 
Mr Gladding was by trade a cooper ; 
In his later days like many other deni- 
zens of Bristol he followed the garden- 
farming, growing onions and carrots. 
He d 1857. 

31 Lucretia J., b ]8;59; m Wm. Wilcox 

32 Julia Thrasher, b 1840 

33 Rachel, b 1841 

34 Alzada, b 1843 

35 Jamus N., b 1844. Private, Co. /, R, I. 

Vol. Died at Washington, D. C, Tuly 
3, 1894. ' 

36 Sarah Cole, b 1846 : m Philip Manchester 

37 Annie H., b 1849; m, 1st, H. Bennett; 2d, 

Elder T. Miatt. 

38 Ella Francis, b 1851, m \Vm. B. Cluley 

39 Ellen L.iwlass, b 1!S,t;5, m Lorenzo Kenny 
;^J40 Daniel H., b 1855 

^;H1 Benjamin, b Sept., 1857 

Capt. Samuel of No. 4. / 1 6th jjen- 
eratioii and his wife Charlotte, nee lii- 
graham's, group of grand-children. 

/ 13 Capt. Richard S. Gladding, b Feb. 25, 
17%, m Martha, dau of Jose|)h E. Clait, 
May 25, 1815. Packet owner and mas- 
ter in the carrvinir trade between K. I. 
waters and the Hudson and Albany, 
N. Y. Died at Bristol 1880, ag 84 years 
170 days. 

Cs42 Allen I., dec 1815 

Cs43 William R., b Feb. l(i, 1818 
?jH4 Charles B., b 1820 

4.3 Martha E., b 1823; m 1st John Waldron 
a James Waldron 

zd m Colbv Carr 
b Cory E. Carr 
c Theodore Carr 
Cs46 johi. A. C, b 1825 
^P7 Samuel, b 1828 
«;j48 Theodore O., b 1830 
#49 Henry D., b 1833 
i^oO George T., b 183(5 

— Bristol, R. I., family 

/ 14 John Gladding, b 

m Mary, dau of Capt. Hezekiah Wal- 

(^Eighth Generation.) 

51 Elizabeth, m Capt. N. Waldron 

52 Emily J. Winston 

/ 10 Gillert R. Glidding 

53 Ann E. 

54 Charlotte 

55 William H. 
.56 Susan B. 
.57 Henry R. 
58 Irene W. 
.59 Samuel B. 
(iO Frederick A. 
(il Francis B. 

— Providence family. 

/ 17 Capt. Samuel Gladding, b Feb. 28, 1804. 
ni Sarah Cart, who died soon after; m 
2d, Elizabeth T., dau of Ellis and .Ma- 
ry Bointon 

62 Sarah E., b Apr. 24, 1842; m W. T. Hov- 


63 Mary B., b Aug. 1st, 1844; m Israel H. 

Smith. One son, Charles H. Smith, m 
Grace Angel, of Prov. , R. I. 

64 Samuel E., b Sept. 13, 1849 
G5 William L., b Aug. 17, 1851 
66 Charles H., b Dec. 6, 1852 

Joshua, / 2, *13, 6th generation 
Joshua and Hannah's group of grand 

f 24 William Gladding, 

b 1798, d aged 58; m 

67 Hariot, :ii E. Lansing 
f^568 William James, b Dec. 19, 18^21 

69 Edward W. 

70 Sopha M. 

71 Horace S. 

72 Israel S. 

73 Cornelia M. 

74 Joseph K, 

75 Lydia C. ; m Clark 
§^76 Walter V. R. 

77 Theodore 

78 Elizabeth 

/ 25 Josiah Gladding, b 1800 

79 Josephine 


{Eighth Generation.) 

/28 Horace Gladding, b 1805 

SO James Y. 

81 Anna M. 

82 Francis 

83 John 

/ 32 Ellas K. Gladding:, b 1S13, d 1889; m Sal- 
ly, dau of Wm. and Rebecca, «tv Pierce 
Lovett, Marshfield, Vt. 

084 Horace, b 1846 

85 Caroline, b 1847 
5^86 Albert, b 1851 

87 Eunice, b 18,52; m Henry L. Broad 
5^88 Philo, b 18G0 

/32 Elias K. Gladding^, b July 15, 1813. at 
Stockbridge, Vt':; d Apr. 10, 1889, 
Plaintield, Vt. ; m Sally, dau oi C- Bart- 
lett, b May 17, 1816, d Apr. 8, 1889 

089 George L., b Sept. 24, 1831 

90 Harriet, b jan. 14, 1839; m Ez^-kiel Skin- 
ner, Feb. 2, 18,58, Plainfield, Vt. 
a Jennie A. akinner, b Nov. 15, 1858, d 
091 William H., b Apr. 8, 1841 

92 Emeline, b Feb. 20, 1844; m George Pierce 

Oct. 24, 1866, of Barre, Vt. 

93 Tulia, b Nov. 3, 1845, d 1891 

94 i;dmond C, Sept. 22, 1846 

95 Amanda L., May 19, 18.50; m Justin F. 

Chadwick, Aug. 17, 1872 

96 Anna, b Aug. 14, 18.56, d aged 7 

97 Ad I E . b Sept. 3. 1862; m Victor A. Grant 

of Pitsfield, N. H,, ]une 9, 1884 
a Glenn R., b July 24, 1S85 
h Victor M., ist, bjuly 9, 1887 
r Victor M , 2 i, b Jan. 24, 1888 
(/ Fleda Lucik-, b Apr, 7, 1892 

Joseph./ 2, *15, 
spph and Rhoda 

(Ith generation Jo- 
group of grand- 

/ 37 Timothy C. Gladding, b Dec. 26, 1810. 

House painter, ',)35 State St., Albany, 

N. Y. D at Albany, Dec. 14, 1S.50. He 
was m twice, :st to Margaret I. Mc- 
Grath , 2d, m Sally Ann Graham, b 
1^17, d 18.84 

98 Chailotte Adelia, b Dec. 14, 1831, d 

99 Emeline C, b Jan. 21, 1836; m George W. 

Davis, Capt. in Havelock Battery for 

four years 
a [ohn Davis, b Mar. 24, 1869 
b George A., b Apr. 5, 1870 
c Knsetta Emeline, b Ddc. 11, 1871 
d Mary Elizabeth, b July 9, 1873 
e Minnie C, b July 13, 1877 

100 Kosetta, b 18:58 

101 Charles Sheiman, b 1840, d 

102 Rhoda, b 1843, m Charles Hill 

103 Joseph, b 1845, d ag 20 

/38 George W. Gladding, b July 25, 1813; a 
niembL-r of the old and well known 
Gladding decorating and painters' es- 
tablishment, 935 State street, Albany, 
N. Y.; m ist, Rosetta Clark 

104 jane McNab 

105 George W. 

m 2d, Mrs. Catharine Clark 

106 Edward J., b July, 18.50 

107 Louise K., b July, ]852 

m 3d, Mrs. Rebecca Hildebrand 

108 Daniel Piatt, b 18,55, d ag 10 

109 Caroline Arthur, b Jan. 24, 1858 

f 42 Daniel Piatt Gladding, b Feb. 25, 1822 

Youngest son ot the Joseph family ; con- 
tinued the painting business at the old 
stand through life. He was twice mar. 
ried. D at Albany, ag 70. M 1st, Mrs. 
Mary Walton, dau of Edward Glad- 
ding, of Bri stol, R. I. 

110 Chailes D., 18.59 

111 Mary K. W., b 1869 

M 2d, Elizabeth Ostrander, dau of Jo- 
seph and Elizabeth Neeman 

Timothy, of/ 2, *16 and generation 
6. Ilis group of grandchildren. 




Friman Gladding, b July 1, 1815, d 1881 ; 
m Lavanty King, dau of Geo. and Es- 
ther Nicker.'on, of Schoharie, N. Y. 
Ornamental painter, Albany, N. Y. 

James K., b May 7, 1841 

Lucy A., b S -pt. 1. 1843 

Mary E., F<.b. 8, 1145 

William H., Sept. 1, 18.54 

Charles S., Sept. 10, 1859 

/" 47 James Morton Gladding, b July 8, 1820, d 
Jan. 27, 1894; m Oct. 7, 1846, Harriet P. 


{Eighth Oeneration.) 

Maben. Accountant, Albany, N. Y. 
^^n Frank H., Oct. 13, 18.i'J 
lis Hariot E.. July 11, 1S57 

M Arthur E. More, Apr. 7, 1888 
(7 Hariot Eva More, b Julv -20, 1S89 
119 Florence E., b Mar., 18.39; di 

/ 50 HenrvLangdon Gladding-, bat Albany, 
Sept. 14, isil; m Catherine A. Hain- 
street, of S.iratoga. N. Y. Mr. Glad- 
ding and son were general agents of 
the United States Mercantile I'ro'.ective 
Association, N. Y. 

120 Carrie, b July 30, 18.">3: di 

121 Charles Frederick, b Aug. 30, 18.56; d 

122 Jessie Elizabeth, b May 28, lS.i8; m Alex. 

ander M. Holmes: an accountant 
p23 Edward Livingston, b Aug. 5, 18(iO 


John, / 18. 0th greneration. John 
and Mary's group of grandchildren. 

/ .54 Russel R. Gladding, m Clarissa, dau of 
Noah and Sarah Sadam. He was the 
first white male child born in Windsor, 
O. Died 1880 

124 Wellington R., b 1832 

125 Sarah, U 1837 

126 Malvina, b 18.37; ni R. Spring; mother of 

one child, which died. D 1886 

128 Lucinda, b 1840; m John Blakesley. 

Mother of one child wh di 

129 Cynthia, b 1844; m 1871 Mr. Rigolds. 

To them were born two children, a son 
and dau 

/" 55 josei)h Gladding, b 1806; m ThankfiiU, 
dau of Cornelius and Abitrail Morris 

130 John, b 1835, d ag63 

131 Mary, b 1836, d 1891. 
a William 

* Robjrt 
d John 

132 Charles, b 18.38 
^;P33 George, b 1840 

134 Ruth, b 1844. di 1846 

M J. B. Nye 

/ 59 D.iniel Marquis Gladding, b 1818: m So- 
phia A., dau of Paul and Abigail Nye 

1.35 John, b 1844, di 

136 Henrv A., b 1846 

137 Edna, b 1848, d 18,i2 

138 Ida F , b 1855, d 1S80. 

son 1879 

M A. S. Thomp. 

y 60 James Gladding, b 1820; m Lorinda, dau 
of Elisha and Eliza Grover 

138 Philena, b 1852; m jobn McKenery 

a Bernice, b 1874 

* W.ivne, b 1878 
l:»javE.,b 18.56 
:40 Estella, b 18.58 

(The descendants of family 19. 7th 
generation Jiunes S. Gladding's three 
sons and eight daughters, would he 
recorded in thi.s place had we the 
dates and information needed. I think 
members of this family reside near 
Long Island Sound, east of Connecti- 
cut river : so far I tind in communi- 
cating through the post-office with 
this branch.) 


Family 20. 7th generation Daniel S. 
and Sally Paten Cladding's group of 


(Eighth Generation.) 


Henry Gladdinjj, b July IG, 1816. Paper 

box manufactur>-'r. New Haven, Conn. 

m ist, Miirv Ann Coburn, who wiis b 

1819, d 1851' 
Ann C, b Nov. 17, 1840, di 
Henry C. ist, b Sept. 1, 18.51, di 

2d, m July i."), IS.%, Harriet Holbrook 
5^143 Henry H. id, b. Apr. 27, 18.57 



The grandchildren of the Seven 
Brothers of generation 6 end here. 


Family 24, 7th generation. Capt. 
Xathaniel and Nancy Peck Gladding 
group of grandchildren. 

/ 76 Nathanif-1 Gladding, b l.-^Ol, d 1831. Sea- 
man, Bristol, R. I., m Eveline, dau of 
Capt. Isaac and Priscilla Manchester, 
of Bristol 

144 George H., b 18-26, d 1876 

145 Hannah H., b 1828 
#146 Nathaniel, b 1829 

147 Eveline, b 1831, di 

f 11 Capt. Jonathan P. Gladding, b 18 . . . 
d at sea ... m Olive Davis 


Mary A. 
Sarah A. 

m Richard Franklin 
m Ambrose Waldron 
All of Bristol, R. I. 






John Q_iiincy Gladding, b 18 — at Bri-^tol, 
mMiiy, dau of John and Mury Quin. 
In early life he was in the book-hinuing 
business, at Bristol, R 1.; su s quenc- 
ly, a local preacher at Philadelpliia, Pa 


John W. 



/ 80 Capt.josiah Gladding, 
^m Susan Swift 

In early life Mr. Gladding followed the 
sea; later on he k pt a giocery and p.-o- 
vision store at Bristol 

1.56 Abby H., ist 

157 Josiah 

158 Abbv H. 3d; m Capt. Collins, of Bristol 
#1.59 Frank J., b 1845 

160 Susan W. 

/ S3 William Frederick Gladding and family 
1 think were the Ptnvan, N. Y., Glad- 
d'ng family, and their descendants still 
live in western New York 

Family 20. generation 7, Daniel and 
Sally Gladding gronp of grandchild- 

/ 87 Peter Gladding, 

m ist, Maiy Friend, of Newport. He 
was a sailmaker, and Bristo.'s town- 
clerk for thirty-five successive years 

#161 William O. 

162 Daniel H. 

163 Charles J. 

164 Peter R., 

m 2d, Hannah, dau of Crawford and 
Hannah Hall Esterbiooks 

f 92 Henry White Gladding, b May 8, 181.5, d 
Sept. 1, 1887; m Alby, dau of Nathan- 
iel and Mary Munroe. Sailmaker, 
Wairen, R. I. 

165 Maiy A., b Nov. 23, 1841 

166 Henrietta, b Oct. 14, 1843 

1«7 aarah E., b May 7, 1845; m E. B. Bos- 
168 Ellen S., b Dec. 27, 1846, d Mar. 30, 1880 
'4169 Dani.l W. 

1.55 Thomas Swift 

/ 93 Joseph Alger G'addirg, b 1817, d 

Aug. 8, 1885; m hutn Ann, dau of Pal- 
mer and Ihcbe Brown. Merchant Tai- 
lor, Wooniockei, R. I. 

#170 Diniel Palmer, b Oct. 12, 1842 

171 Georg ana, b Jan. 29, 1857; m Noah A. 


172 Lilla, b jan. 29, 18.57, d ag 6 years 

Solomon and Nancy group of grand- 
children of family 32, 6th generation. 

/' 98 Edward Gladding, m 

{Eighth Generation.) 

Carpenter and build-'r, Bristol, R. I. 

173 Catherine P., 

m Georg _■ \V. Esterbrook^;, of Bristol, 
R. I. 

Xath.iiiiel and Susuii's group of 
grandchildren, of family 52. 6th gen- 

Samuel Gladding group of grand- 

/12o Frank Rusjgles Gladding, b 1842, drown 
July, 18S-2 

m Annie Ackley 

Clerk in National Bank of No. Amer- 

176 Alice LaSalle, b 1878 

/ 117 John Thomas Giadding. b Apr. 3, 1839 

m Amy, dm of ^B .i.j imin and Maiy / 126 Charles Frederick Gladding, b 1844. ni 

Carttight, all of Piovidence, R. I. 
No issue 

y 120 Charles A. Gladding, b Jan. S, 1848; m 
Susan, dau of John Field 
Pharmacist, 223 Greenwich St., I'rov., R. I, 

174 Thomas, student 

Emma C dau ol' David and Jane Her- 
skell Moore, of Norwich. C'>'nn. Brok- 
keeper Phoenix Mutual Life Insuiance 
Co., Hartford, Conn. 

178 Helen Moore, b 1872 

179 Bessie Wav, di 

180 Bessie Curtiss, di 

/ 127 John Russell Gladding, b 18.')8, m Ellen 
Thurston, dau of Hon. B. F. Thurston, 
of Providence, R. I. No issue 
Mr. Gladding is secretary and treas- 
, uier of Alkali Co., Providence. 

(^Eighth Generation.) 


No. 66, 6th Generation. Samuel and 
Catherine's group of grandchildren. 

/ 133 Harrison and Catharine Candy Glad- 
ding, Providence, R. I. 

182 Eliz.ibeth P., m Andrew D. Ross, mar- 
ke'man, 73 Fountain St., Pawtucket, 
R. I. 

a May Corinne Ross 
183 Herbert Harrison 

No. 67, 6th Generation, Solomon 
and Clarigsa Stanhope and Elizabeth 
Mumford Gladding group of grand- 

/ 234 William H. Gladding, d with Cholera, 
aged about 22. Left One dau 

184 Charlotte, m Christopher Trip, 22 Bridge 
st^ Newport, R. I, 

/235 Samuel Sterns, m Sarah E., dau of 
Thomas and Betsey Stanhope. Con- 
tractor and builder, Pawtucket, R. I. 
D ia the fall of 1896, ag 72 yr 

18.1 William H., b 1849, d in his 9th vr 

186 Clarissa Sterns, b, m D-xter Bucklin 

187 Elizabeth F., b 1854, m Fisher Stark- 

^§188 Samuel S., b ]ai7 

189 Sarah E., b 1866 

190 Ida Bell, b 1868 

No. 69. generation 6th. John Glad- 
ding group of Children. 

/247 William Gladding 

191 Mary E, 

192 Charles A. 

/" 248 Samuel Gladding 

193 Julia R. 
i:)4 John C. 

195 Samuel 

196 Harriion 

f 249 Solcmon Gladding family, unknown 

/ 150 John Gladding, 

twice m : ist, Sarah 
Surah Chaffee 

Ann Pottei ; 2d, 

197 Samuel P. 

I St 




Frank, so 

dier, 1861 




George T. 





George N. 



Samuel P 


^205 Frederick U. 

206 Clarence, 


207 Ann A.,d 


William branch for this generation 
ends with No. 207. 

{Eighth Generation.) 


John G. and Abb}' Gladding group 
of giandcliildi"en. 

158 William B. Gladding, in Helen Nichols, 
dau of Commodore A'ichols, U. S. N. 

208 Dorothy 

No. 85, generation 6. 

Benjamin C. and Hannah Ghid- 
ding's group of grandcliildien. 

./ 160 Frank Gladding, b jan. 16, 185"), m Cor- 
inne S., daj ot Luciuj and Sarah Halli- 
day, of Philadelphia, Pa. 
Accountant, Provinence, R. 1. 

209 Benjamin H., b Sept. .30, 1891 

210 Mary TiUinghast, D Dec..20, J896 

Nathaniel, No. 91, geuefatiou 6th. 

Abraham S. Gladdlng's group of 

f 161 Th-imas C. Gladding, m Hiinnah, dau of 

., Benj[jmin .-and C-ir. it: . Pendleton, mer. 
;■ ; -^iihaiii, of- Providence, R. I. 

Wm. H. Fiih, of 




Annie A., m 


Melio e, Mass 


Mary E. 


Sarah Fish ist 


Emuy P. 


Sarah F. 2d 


Charlotte V. 

219 Thomas E. 

/ 162 Abr.iham S. Gladding, m Ann Eliza- 
beth, dau of ThoniHK and Eliza Hatha- 
way, Providence, R. I. 

#222 Frank H., b May 7, 1848 
C;;5228 Walter E., b Jan 20, 1S51 
5;p24 Thomas C. 

225 Nellie 
=3226 Louis A. 

No. 94. generation 6th. 
Jarvis E.. Amy Fenner, Harriot P. 
Lang Gladding's group of grandchil- 
dren, Providence, R. I. 

/ 167 Nathaniel Gl idding, b 18 L9, m Caroline, 
dau ot Lewis and Abby Thomas 

Providence, R.I. 

#220 William 

221 Cynthia A. m Isaac Turner 

No issue 

f 108 Jarvis E.Gladdiug,b 1822, m Frances, 
dau of S imuel Brown 

227 Helen Ida 

f 109 Thomas, W. Gl idding, b 1827, m Mary 
' ' Templi No issui 

{ 170 Jbhn F. Gladding, b 1833 
' m ' Winfoid 

228 Amy 

No. 99. generation 6th. 
Capt. Thomas P. and Sarah Glad- 
ding's group of grandchildren. 

f 175 Thomas D. Gladding;, di 1S75, ag 70. 
Mary Templeton. No issue. 
HouiC painter. Providence, R. I. 

(Eighth Generation.) 

f 174 John Norris Gladding 

m Sarah, dau of Wm. Handy 

227 Howard E. 

No. 102, generation 6, Charles and 
Ruth Shove Cladding's group of gr. 

/ 184 Reuben H. Gliidding, b 

ni Lohannah, dau of Ezekiel Walker, 
Pawtuck^t, R. I. 

C. dau of John and Sally Deming. 
Tih. 7, 1900. 

She died 

228 Ellen E., b 

229 Emma, b 

m Henry Ruth 

/ 186 Charles Francis Gladding, b 
m Mary Davis 

Livery and boarding stable, Broad St. 
Providence, R. I. 

2.30 Sadia 

231 Charles 

232 Hoiace 

f 186 Edmond Quincy Gladding, b 

m Adelaide, dau of Wm. and Amelia 


Variety store. South st. 

Providence, R. I. 

233 Grace ist 

234 Frederick 

235 Howard 

236 Grace zA 

237 Clarence, drowned Jan. S, 1897 

238 Everett 

Of Jonathan Branch. 

No. 109. generation 6. Henry 
Gladding group of grandchildren. 


/ 196 Howard R. Gladding m Grace A. D.t 
dau of Wm. W. and Julia M. Linton Dibble. 

Howard R., b Mar. 16, 1861. Grace A. D. b 
Nov. 2, 1861. 

239 Bruce D , b Feb. 28, 1891 

•240 Hazel J., b Apr. 16, 18i).5 

No. 144. generation 7 John Hill and 
Lydia M. Gladding's group of grand- 
children . 

The above Henry B. was born Jan. 17, 1817. 
A prominent business man and tor many years 
a member of the firm of Gladding Brothers & 
Tibbitts, proprietors of the leading book-store 
in Providence, R. I. 

Feb., 18.57, he m Mary E. Ruggles (Hunting, 
ton), dau of Samuel and Elithea Ruggles. She 
died Jan. 26, 1872. Apr, 15, 1874, m, 2d, Louise 

{ 208 Geors'e Washington Gladding, b Mar. 
14, 18.54; m Feb. -'.5, 18d0, Ida E., dau of 
E quire Thomas A. and Henrietta 
McCall, Nashville, Ten. 

241 George McCall, bjan. 26, 1857 

f 210 james Wilson Gladding, b Jan. 26, 1857, 
m Corinne C, dau of Charles B. and 
Mary E. Johnson; dentist, ol' Provi- 
dence, R. I. Residence, Memphis, Ten 

242 Corinne Johnson, b at Memphis, Oct. 5, 

f 212 Nelson A. Gladding, h July 8, 1863, m 

Mary D., dau of Elias C. and Sarah F. 

Atkins, of Indianap jlis, Ind., Dec. 20, 

1888. Mill supplies, etc. Residence, 

, Memphis, Ten. 

243 Frances Maria, b Sept. 5, 1890 

244 Mary Elizabeth, b Nov. 3, 1891 

Jonathan branch ends with 244 for 
this generation. 


No. 145, 7th generation. Capt. John 
and Ann Cladding's group of grand- 
children. ^ 

/216 Lieut. (U. S. A.) William Henry Glad- 
ding, b Apr 2, 1819. m Eliza Green, 
Dec. 3, 1839, died at Port Royal, Va., 
Jan. 25, 1865 

245 Hariot Croon, b Mar. 11, 1840 
m Fred Hill 

(^Eighth Generation.) 

246 Wm. H.. b Mav 9, 1S43, died in Cuba. 
Jan. 26, 1895 

/ 218 John H. Gladding, b Oct. .=5, 1823, died 
Jan. 25, 1S8.5. He was twice married, 
lirst to France? L., dau of Thomas and 
Ribecca Gladding, of Newport, R. I. 
B May 7, 1S25 
Drv and fancy goods dealer, 

Bristol, R. I. 

247 Abbie Ann. b Oct. 22, ll«46 

248 Abbie Frances, b July 6, li*4S, d Oct. 23, 


249 Frank Henrv. b Nov. 17. lS.i9, di 

250 Tallulah A.,'b Mar. 1.5, 1S55, m Wm. F. 


251 Anna Fuller, b Sept. 10, 1857 

252 Minnie Kebecca, b Feb. 16, 1859, m Wal 

ter E. Jones 

2d m, Jullelte Haskins, Not. 11, 1S66 

253 Francis Arvillia, b Sep. 29, 1867, m Ques- 

eene Watson, Sept. 27, 1887 
^254 John Lawless, 1869 

f 222 Henrv Gladding, b 

m Matilda, dau of Wanton and Abby 
Wiikey. Sailmaker, Newport, R. I. 

No. 147. generation 7. Capt. 
ward group of grandchildren. 


220 Edward Gladding, b 

m Abby, dau of George and Sally Dun- 


^=255 Arthur B. 
256 Edith 

Newport, R. I. 

d ag 13 

2.j7 Louisa L. d ag abjut 11 

*i*8.5> Charles E. 

260 Mary A., m Frank P. Dally 

^261 Benj imin O. 
f 321 John Gladding 

m Mary or Abbie, dau of Eason Hall, 
boat builder, of Newport, R. I. 

262 John ist 
#263 John aJ 
264 William A. 

265 Henry ist 

266 Emelii.e R., b 

267 Percival 

268 Hattie E., 
§269 Henry ad 

27(1 L.llie, di 

271 Alice 

272 Wanton M. 

m Joseph Pabody 
m Wm. P. Trip 

/223 Martin Gladding 

m Marv H., dau of Peter and Hannah 
Newport, R. L 

§273 HenryJ. 
2i4 Romeo 

275 Gertrude ist 

276 Gertrude 2d 

277 Fannie 

278 Edward M. 

/ 224 Thomas Gladding 

m Elizabeth W.. dau of John and Edith 

Newport, R. I. 

§279 Rena 

280 Sidney B. 
§281 Ida R. 

282 Halle M. 

283 Sanford T. 

283 Sanford T. ends the 8th genera- 


(^Ninth Generation.) 

It so happened a son was the first born of each generation from the first 
to the seventh, and each was snrnamed John, thus heading the first seven 
generations in the Chart with a John Gladding. Two daughters were the 
first born to the eightli generation, Martha and Anstras. Martha died with, 
out issue. Anstras. born Nov. 28. 1811. married Jonathan Finch, of Pitcher. 
Chenanoro Co.. N. Y. Thus the Finch children are the first born of the 
ninth greneration. 

Chenango Co., X. Y. Familt. 

Xo. 1. generation 7 John and Xancy 
Gladding's group of grandchildren. 

f 2 Anstras, b Nov. -JS, ISll: m Tonathan 
Finch, of Chinango Co., N. Y. 

a Achilles Finch 
b Ellen 
r George 
d Byron 
e Foster 

was sealmin of B.i tol, R. I. D aged 
44 vears and 10 months 

13 Eliz^.belh. m Edward Nichols 

14 Mary A. , m George T. Easterbrooks 
p.") Jessie 

All of Bristol, R. I. 

f 9 John Gladding, b 

Tiiismith, stove and sheetiron dealer, 
Bristol, R. I. M ist. Julia Green. All 
of Bristol, R. I. 

16 Louisa, d aged about 17 

17 Henry, di 

18 Charles ist, di 
^=19 Charles 2d. 

m 2d, Caroline, widow of Wm. O. 
Swan and dau of Daniel and Polly 
fwO Frederick R. 

/ 3 James Cogareshall Gladding, b Nov. 12, 
1813 ra Nancv, dau of Jonathan Fargo. 
He was engased in the manufacture of 
cordage and fish tackle, the same his 
father established in 1S16 and carried 
on all his days : he died 1S93, aged SO 

^s 1 Eliza A., b ISSh 

^ 2 bquire James, b 1S38 

3 Mary Jane, b 1840, m Silas Hill 

5^ 4 Albert F., b 1842 

5 Cvnthia. b 1845, m Wm. Eddv 
G Nancv C, b 1S48, m H. E. Bet be 

7 RoseAdel, b 18.50. m j. B. Kellog 

8 Benjam n F., 18.53 
*',;= 9 John E., b 1S56 

Xo. 2. generation 7 Edward T. and 
Enth Gladding's group of grand- 

/7Jam;s Harden Gladding, b July 22, 1813, 
m AKce T. Craiy. He was clerk and 
an accountant. All of Bristol, R. I. 

10 Su^an Ellen, b Mar. 12. 1836, m fistjohn 

Anthony, 2d, Capt. Samu.I Gladding 

11 William, di 

12 Julia Frances, m Charles Anthony 

/ 8 Edward T. Gladding, b 

m Mary, dau of" Thomas Grjen. He 

Xo. 4. 7th generation. Benjamin and 
of grandchildren. 

Coggeshall Gladding's gr. 

f 15 Benjamin F. Gladding, b Oct. 19, 181.5, 
m Maria, dau of Thomas and Mary 
Dolman Stantial, merchant tailor, of 
Waterville, N. Y. Mr. Gladding has 
been much eng ged in public contract 
work. He is now Jiving, at Gill, Mass., 
in his Soth vear, well and hearty 

21 Elizabeth M.,"b July 2.5, 

m Charles Stillwell, A. M.. analistic 
chemist, corner of Cliff and Fitton st.. 
New York, house Saint John's Place, 
Brooklyn, N. Y. 

a How.ird 

h M.bel 

c ]ohn 

rf "Albert 

22 John H. 

23 WilliEm. di 
^iJ24 Thomas Stantial 

25 Charles H , drowned, aged about 10 

/ 17 George W. G'.ad ling, b Apr. 9. 1820. 
Carpenter, contractor and builder. Still 
alive and well in his 80th year. M Sa- 
rah, dau of Moses Ellis 
Residence Ravenna. O. 
26 AUis i\I., b 184.5, 

m "W'in. Philpot, of Niagara Falls, N. 
Y. She d aged Left one daughtei, 
a Maud 

=;;;27 Alfred E., b Feb. 6, 1851 

{yinth Generation.) 

28 Georgia G., b Apr. 26, 1852 

Scnool teacher 

29 Mahitable, di 

30 Minnie M., b Ftb. 22, 1862 

School teacher 

/ 19 Charles Gile? Gladding, b Jan. 8, 1825 

Rope and cordage manuf icturer ; m, 
Jan. 8, 1846, Gr:ice Williams. He died 
aged 26 years and 10 months 

Residence. WaterviUe.N. Y. 
^4.31 Charles Bejimin. b O.t. 25, 1846 

32 Sarah Amelia, di O.t. 25, 1846 
^33 Julius, b Jan. 4, 1852 

/ 20 Henrv Coggeshall Gladding, h Pharsalia. 
Chenango Co.. N. Y., Jan. 11, 1827; ap- 
prentice to machine trade at Watervill 
N. Y. For many years proprietor of 
machine business at Provdence, R 1.; 
m tst, at Bristol, R. I., Apr. 2. 1851, t'> 
Emilv P., diu of Cipt. Samu-l and La- 
vii.ia BarbTur Eldred. She died at Din- 
wida Co., Va., Apr. 11, 18.52. aged 21 
years, 11 months and 9 days, bhe Icit 
one daughter 

m 2d. Sarah M., dau of Capt. Allen and 
Martha Gladding Waldron, of Bristol. 
R. I., Sept. 12, 18.53. 

Residence, 9 Hoppin St., Providence, 
R. I. 

34 Emily Eldred. b Mar. 22, 1852; m L; 
Nelson, of Providence, R. I. No 

;vi D. 


group of grandchildren. 

ing. Carpenter and builder, Easton, 

43 Rose P., b 18.58, d aged 

No. 9 generation 7 James N. and 
Cretia Giadding's group of grand- 
children, Bristol. 

y 23 James Nickerson Gladding, b at Water, 
ville. N. Y., Jan. 21, 18;U. He diid at 
Providence, (Mav 25, 1897,) where 
passed most of his days, engag d in 
the machine business. M Almira, dau 
of Henry and Minerva Wicks. 

35 Annetta, b July , 1860; m George Man- 
chester, of Providence 
a Howard Manchester 
b Nellie 

2d, m to William Potter 
%3Ci William Henry, b Mar. 1, 1861 
Cs-57 lo.seph Turner, b 1862 

38 George Herb rt, b 23, 18'!5 

39 James Edward, b Mav 1867 

40 Nellie A., b Sept. '1869 

m A. E. Minchester 

41 Flora Mabel, b 1877 

m Wm. Oa^r, 

All of Providence. R. I. 

No. 8 of generation 7 R. I. Stephen 

/■ 26 John Gladding, m Rhoda Kitcham. 
Carpenter and builder. Turner, 111. 

4%42 Hiram D., b 

f 21 Samuel Gladding, m Mrs. Emily Gladd- 

y 40 Daniel H. Gladding, b 1855, m Eliza, 
dau of I-^aac Underwood. Blacksmith 
of Fall River, Mass. 

44 James Xickei'son 

45 Edward 

46 Dani.-i 

47 Ravraond 

48 Ediih 

49 Kuth 

f 41 Benjamin Gladding, b Sept., 18.57, m Mrs. 
Priestley, all of Bristol. No issue. 

Xo. 13 . generation 7. Capt. Richard 
and Patty Giadding's group of graud- 
children, Bristol, R. 1. 

/ 42 Allen I. Gladding, b Dec. 1815, d Feb. 21 
1889, m Abby M., dau of Allen and 
Leah Handy Brown, Jan. 16, 1840. 
Weolesale merchant. Later, real es- 
tate agent, Oakland, Cal. 

.5(1 Sarah ist, b Nov. 6, 1841, d ag 10 years 
51 Allen, b Oct. 28, 184.3, d in his 23d yr 
.52 Abb,- M., b Oct. 5, 1845, di 

^.'553 William jf"., b Ojt. 20, 1847 
.54 Henry C, b Oct. 20, 1847, di 
55 Sarah E., m Henry Sanbourn, of 

Oakland, Cal. 

^5.56 Theodore O.. b July 15, 18.55 

^s,57 Charles B., b julv 7, 18.58 
.58 Richard S., b July 18, 1862 

/ 43 William R. G'adding, b Feb. 16, 1818, m 
m Susan Tanner. Mr. Gladding was 
blind for many years, loosing his sight 
from an .iccidciit when working at his 
trade as boiler maker, at Providence. 
He d at HrisK.l, Mav 20, 1871 

.59 Susan D., b 1853, m J. W. Green. 

/ 44 Charles B. Gladding, b Aug. 5, 1820, m 
Lydia Smith 

60 Lydia N., m ist, Mr. Campbell, ra 2d, Mr. 
$m Charles F. 

{Ninth Generation.) 

/46 Capt. John A. C. Gladding, b St pt. 1, 
lS'2o, 11! Elizabtth, dau Joseph Green, 
July '25, 1849. Fish and oyster dealer, 
"Bristol, R. I. 

62 Leonore F., b Feb. 6, IS-lO, m exLieut. 

Gov. Wm. T. C. Wa; dwell 
a H< zekiah Church, b Nov. -26, 1876 
b Eli.zab-th U., b July 16, 1877 
r Marg.iret, b. y;in. '2'2, 188'2 

63 Frederic F., b'july U, 1850 

64 Marv G., b Feb 4, 18.i:;. m james P. Ly n 
d Frcdena W. Lvon, b Match 25, 1873 

645;=^ Richard S., b Sept. 17, 1855 
6.'># Theodore O. 

65 Helen V. m James F. Canheld 
e T -hn Canlield, b July 21, 1886 
/'M rgaret, b Nov. 17, 18 

66 Wilhilmina R., b Jan. 17, 1869, m VVm.R. 

JJabc>:ck, wholesale me, chant, Pi evi- 
dence, R. I. 
g- Mary F. B.ibcock, b Mar. 29, 1894 
// Wi.h.m.ina R., d Aug. '23, 1895 

Capt. Samuel Gladding, b Feb. 6, 182S, m 
ist, Abby Sweet. 

Seaman, Bristol, R. I. 

67 Samuel 

68 Richaid 

69 Abby 

m 3d, Mrs. Susan E., widow of John 
Anthony, dau oljamesH. and Alice 

William F. 

Alice, b May 30, 1875 

/ 47 Theodore O. Gladding, b Sept. 14, 1830, 
ra Abby A. Coggeshall, all of Bristol, 
R. I. 

Mr. Gladding d on board S. S. Ore- 
gon, jan. 24, 1853 

70 Charles A. 

/ 48 Henry D. Glac'dirg, b Oct. 27, 1833, A. Luther, 

ail of Bristol, R. I. 

71 Charles A. 

/ 49 Capt. George T. Gladding, b Oct. 8, 1836, 
m Susan E., 

all of Bristol, R. I. 
No issue 

No. 17 Capt. Samuel and Elizabeth 
Gladding's group of grandchildren. 

m Ida Holmes, of Philadelphia, Pa. 
Merchant; residence, Jersey City, N.J. 
No issue 

/ 62 Samuel Ellis Gladdirg, b Apr. 13, 1849, 

/■ 61 William L. Gladding, b Aug. 17,18.51, 

72 George William, b at Providence, R. I., 
May 17, 1875 

Descendants of the Seven 


No. 24, generation 7 William Gladd- 
ing's group of grandchildren. 

No. 68 Willii.m James Gladding, b 1820, d 
1890, m Sophia E., dau ot JElrieid and 
Elizabeth Avery. Merchant, New 
Yoik, N.Y. (Page 81) 

i;''s73 William James Gladding, b 1843 
' 74 George Henry, b 1845, d 1879 
iJiflo Asa vV'ood, b 1847, d 1877 

76 Sophia Matilda, b 1852, d 1882, mM.j. 


77 Laura Tryon, b 1852, di 

78 Edward Norton, b 1855, di 

79 <irace Elizabeth, b 1857, d 1877 

80 Ada, b 18.59, di 

81 Kale Roberts, b 1861, d 1892 

82 Edward Constine, b 18&3, d 1864 

No. 32. generation 7 Lathrou and 
Sally group of grandchildren. 

/' 84 Gladding, b 1846, m ist, Ella, 
aau ot Isaac Stowell 

83 Alma A, b 1872 

84 Alice E., b 1878 

85 >vrchie, b 1878, 

111 2^, Nelly Mansfield 

/ 86 Albert, b 1851, m Orelia, dau of Henry 
L. Broad. 
Residence, West Brookfield, Mass. 

86 Lillia 


87 Warren 


88 Wallace 


89 William 


y 88 Philo Gladding, b 1860. m Carrie, dau of 
Geoige and Agnes T. Tny!or, 

Barre, Vt. 

{Ninth Generation.) 

90 Carrie, b 


No. 32. ^eiierarioii 7. Elias 
Sally Gladcliiit;^"s jiioiip of 

K. and 


y 89 Gcorg L. Gladding and Sarah, dau of 
Aaron Hill, m Sept. S, 1S74 
Glover h Sept. 24, 1887 No issue 

Liconia, N. H. 

/91 Will m H. G addir.g, b .\pr. 8. 1841, m 
ju.ia A., d.iu of Henry Foster, ijarie, 
Vt. No issue 

/ 93 Julius Gladding, m Elsada,dau of Joseph 
Lane, Aug. 17, 1S7'2. 

He was b .Mar. 3, 184t), d at Barre, Vt. . 
Nov. 16, 1891 

/ 94 Edmand C Glidding, b Sept. 22, 1848. m J., dau of VVm. D.llon. He 
d at Barre, Vt., Feb. 22, 1895 

91 William F., b Mar. 22, 1874 

92 Frank E.. b S pt. 26. 187.i 

93 Clarence B.. b J ulv 18, 1877 

94 Inella L , Apr. 23, 1879 

95 Alice B.. b Aug. 13, 1880 

96 Edith M., b July 31. 1883 

97 Ethel H.. b Mar. 28, 1887 

98 Mabel, b Apr. 4, 1889 


No. 38. orenoration 7. Georire W. 
Gladilinof of .Albany. N. Y.. group of 

/" 106 Edward J. Gladding was b at Albany, 
N. Y., 1850 

No. 42. generation 7. Daniel P. and 
Mary, of Albany, group of grand 

/ 101 Charles D. Gl idding, b 1859. Ticket 
a^rent B. & O. R. R., Philadelphia, 
m Millie, d.tu of Wm. S. L., and baiah 
S. Townsend 

9< Smith T. 

100 Miry R. 

101 ^arah K. 

102 Ch irles D. 

103 Lee O.a 

No. 45. generation 7. Timothy and 
Lavanty's group of grandchildren. 

/■ 115 William H. Glndding, b Sept. 1st, 18.54, 
m Ab v Lau a, dau ot Samuel Carter, 
Sup.. Masonic Temple, Albany, N. Y. 

/ 116 Charles S. Gladding, m EUa Blanch, 
dau of C.ipt. Wra. T. Woodlev, New 
York, N. Y. Bookkeeper, Albany, 
N. V. 

10(1 Ella, b Dec. 1, 1883 

107 Charles Fr.incis, b jan. 21. 1889 

108 Mary Morton, b ju^y 24, 1892 

No. 47. generation 7 James M. and 
Hariot P. group of grandchildren. 

/■ 117 Frank H. GUidding, b Oct. 3, 18.T2, 
m Anna Amelia Rjenig, .May 7, 1^72. 
City Cont.olcr, Detroit, Mich". 

109 Hariot Elizabeth, b Feb. 6, 1873 

110 LucyMoiton, b Mar. 23, 1875 

No. 50. generation 7 Henry L. and 
Catharine A. Gladding group of grand 

f 123 Edward Livingston Gladding, b Aug 5, 
1860, m Ber.iice M.. dau of F. C. D. 
McKay, of Wilmington, Del. 

111 First born d at birth 

112 Henry Langdon, b Feb. 26, 1892 


{Ninth Generation.) 


No. 55 Joseph antl Thankful Gladd- 
ing's group of grandchildren. 

/ 132 Charles Gladding:, b 18;5H*, m Mary, d.iu 
of AdiiOn and Dorcas Murphy 

fjnS Charles Bird. 1868 
' 114 Georgre Adison, 1870 
ll.-i lohn Earl, 1879 
116 Dora, 1886 

f 133 Georee Gl-idding h 1840, m Annie, dau 
of William and Ann Pond 

117 William, 1867 
fJllS Joseph, 1S72 

Hart M., 1874 

Benj imin H., 1876 

Potter, 18S] 
119 John B., 1883 

1'20 Georgiana, 18S6 

No. 59. generation 7 Daniel M. and 
Sophia A. group of grandchildren. 

/ 136 Judge Henry A. Gladding, h 1846, m 
Mary F., dau of Jeremiah and Abigail 

Among the early settlers of Sherman 
Co., Neb., where he served in nearly 
every office in the co. He now residis 
in Windsor, O., in the house built by 
and on the farm cleared by |ohn Gladd- 
ing No. 18, generation 6. See page 27 

121 Maynard M., b 1877 

122 Abigail Glade, b 1884 

New Haven, Conn , Claddings. 

No. 76. generation 7 Henry and 
Hariot group of grandchildren. 

/ 142 Henry H. Gladding, b April 27, 1857, m 
Mary F. Bradley. Civ.l engineer. All 
of New Haven, Conn. 

123 Edna H., b 1881 

124 Daniel H., b 1882 

124 youngest of the seven brothers. 


/ 144 Geoge H. Gladdinsr, h 1826, d 1876, m 
Sarah Ri binson. Seaman, 

Bristol, R. I. 

No. 78. generation 7 Nathaniel and 
Eveline group of grandchildren. 

f 146 Nathaniel Gladdmg, b 129. 

M.ison, contiacior and build^'r, 

Bll^tol, R. I. 
m ist Emily, dau of Ellery and Maria 

=^223 Charles Parker, b 186.5 
' 224 V\ illiam Spragu = , b 1861, d 186.") 

m 2d, Hat ie, dau ot William and Hat- 
tie Pendcrg ass 

m 3d, Hattie A., dau of Austine and 
Emeline Terrv 

225 En. ma Eve.ine.b Mav 31, 188.1 

226 Nathaniel Austin, b july .30, 1887 

No. 80. generation 7 Capt. Josiah 

Sons 155 Thomas Swift. 157 Josiah, 
and 159 Frank J. (iladding, early re- 
moved from Bristol. K. I. 

Of their descendants, if any. we 
know nothing. 

No. 87. generation 7 Peter and Ma- 
ry's group of grandchildren. 

J 161 William Osborne Gladding, b at Bristol 
1833, a at Newport, R. 1., 21, 18e9 
Was far many years ckrk ia Newport 
j welry store; m Cynthia Stacey, ot 2, 
W^st Mar burg St., Newport 

No. 92, generation 7 Henry VV. and 
Abby Cladding group of grandchild- 

/■ 169 Daniel W. Gladding, b May 1."), IS.'iO, m 
Rose, dau of and Emily 

S. Cluids. Accountant, Warren, R. i 

227 Howard, b Dec. 6, 1875, d ag 2 

228 Ellen S., b Aug. 2, 1882 

No. 9.3. generation 7 Joseph A. and 
Ruth Ann group of grandchildren. 

/ 170 Daniel Palmer Gladding, b Oct. 12, 1842 
ni Hannah Maria, dau of Abel H. and 
Rebecca B. Williams, 

{Ninth Generation.) 

Hairdresser, Fitchburg, Mass. 

229 Alice Rebecca, b Nov. 14, 1874, m Edwin 

A. WfStern 
a Ruth Alice Western, b Jan. 2:?, 1896 

230 Daniel Otis, b Nov. 14, 1874, d June 4,1888 

231 Emma Maria, b Aug. 11, 18(i8, di 

John branch for this generation 
ends with 231 Emuia Maria. 


'So. 235 Samuel S. and Sarah E. 
group of grandchildren. 

y 188 SamuU Sterns, b 1857, m Lizz'e Turner 
Meat marketman, ol" Fawtucket. R. I. 

232 Ida Bell, b 1887 

233 Raymond, b 1888 

234 Frederick, b 1890 

No. 250. generation 8 John, twice ra 
united group of grandchildren. 

/ 198 john Gladding 

m Alice, dau of Joshua Brainard 

23.T Benjamin T. 

236 Herbert B. 

237 John 

/201 SimuL-l P. Gladding, m Grace CauU, 

Newport, R. I. 

238 Bessie 

/"205 Fred;rick U. Gladdinar, 

m Julia P., dau of Charles Peckhara, 

239 I^ula Louise 

240 John 

We regret our not being better in- 
formed concerning this Branch, for 
we believe several families are omit- 
ted, and we doubt the correctness of 
some parts of what is recorded. 


No 162. generation 7 Abraham and 
Elizabeth group of grandchildren. 

(The above Abraham GU'.dding and Eliza- 
ab th Hathaway m 1842. He d 187G, in his 
.")7th year; bv trade a harness maker, but much 
of his time engaged in meat market, in Provi- 
dence, R. I.) 

/ 220 William Henry Gladding, b Aug. 28, 
1843. He was twice married: ist, ni 
18 , Ciara, dau of 
Baniah and Mahala Barney; 
3d, m Annie P., dau of Win. and Mary 
Harwood Toombs. Grocer and ship 
chandler, .311 , (residence 322) Eddy St., 

241 Walter Henry, b Dec. 14, 1879 

242 Ralph Pierce, b S-pt. 20, 1883 

243 Amv Harwood, b July 20, 1892 

/" 222 Frank H. Gladding, b May 7, 1848, m 
]ennie, dau of John D. and Caroline E. 
Manchester Benton. Manufacturer of 
jewehy, Providence, R. 1., residence, 71 
Burnet St., Prov., K. I. 

244 Herbert Benton, b July 21, 1874, di 
24.i Maude Hope, b Apr. 4, 187() 
240 Howard Benton, b Aug. 12, 1S80 
247 Carrie Benton, b Apr. 4, 1887 

f 2'3 Walter E. Gladding, b julv 20, 18.")1, m 
Ann E.izabeth. dau of" ReT. D. N. and 
Anna P. Prince Hrotiks. Bi^arding 
stable. Arsenal Lane, 2S.J Friennship 
St., Prov. No issue 

/ 224 Thomas Carpenter Gladdiny, b July 24, 
18.")4. m Louisa, dau of Charles and 
Cressena Vini;eron. Calet market; 
residence 28.3 Friendship St., Prov. 

248 Herbert Carpenter, b Aug. 16, 1883 

249 Harold Earl, b June 14, 1885 

/■225 Louis Augustus GHddinir, b Aug. 10, 
18C , m Ida Milord, dau of Austin and 

{Ninth Generation.) 

Eveline Milod 

Market, cor. of N. Main and Thom;is 

250 Teddv, di 6 years 

251 Bsrthe, b Oct. 17, 1894 


No. 218, generation 7 John H. and 
wife group of "raudchildren. 

/ 251 john Lawless, b Apr. 28, 1869, m Grace 
Wallace Warren, Oct. 11, 1891 
Accountant, Providence 

2.')2 Julia Warren, b Jan. 1, 1895 

Newport, R. I.. 
No. 220, generation 7 Edward and 
Abby group of grandchildren. 

No. 222, generation 7 Henry and 
Matilda group of grandchildren. 

/255 Arthur B. Gladding, b 

m Mary, dau of David Wilhera, o( 
Newport, R. I. No issue 

f 258 Charles E. Gladding, b 

twice married : m ist, Jennie Millar; m 
ad, Mabel Sweet, of Newport, R. I. 

253 Fannie 

254 Edith 

255 Marion 

f 261 Benjamin D. Gladding, b 

ni Lizzie, dau of Samuel Ken- 

256 Edward C. 

257 Bessie 

/ 269 Henry Gladding, m Mary, dau of 
Mystic, Conn. 

258 Bradford 

259 Ernest 

260 Gertrude 

No. 223, generation 7 Martin and 
Mary H. group of grandchildren. 

/ 274 Romeo J. Gladding, m not known 

No. 224, generation 7 Thomas and 
Elizabeth group of grandchildren. 

/ 280 Sidney B. Gladding, b 

m josephene, dau of John Steele, 

Newport, R. I. 

/ 283 SandforH T. Gladding, m Sally, dau of 
John Cary, Newport, R. I. 

End of the 9th generation. 

{Tenth Generation.) 


Chenango Co., N. Y., Farailj'. 

14 George P., b March 20, 1880 

15 Jessie W., Feb. 11, 1884 

No. 1, «eneration 8 James and Marj' 
Ann's group of grandcliildren. 

Names other th:in Glidding : — 

/■ 1 Eliza A. Gladding, dau of James and 
Maw Anil, rnariied Ledgird Brown. 
A farmer; all of Chenanj^o co., N. Y. 

/ 1 Tenth g^cn»ration : 

%^a Ralph Brown, b 1S59 
b Flora A. Brown, m Holden B. Math- 
son, of Pharsalia, Chenango cc, N. Y. 
Sept. 1.1, 18S6. 

Fl .ra b F^b. "24, I86.1; Holden b May 9, 
18(i5. Memb-r of the firm M. D. 
Brome, Olypiant, Pena. 

f 2 Esquire janie? Gla Iding, b 1838, m Sally, 
dau of Geoige Brown 

^P Adon L.. h 1864 

•2 Mattie, 1867, m George Bacon, of Nor- 
wich, N. Y. 

3 Ralph, 1870 

4 Grace, 187-2, m Lerov Aldrich, of Cort- 
land, N. Y. 

/ 4 Albert F. Gladding, b 1843, m Caroline, 
dan cf Wm. Church. Surrogate and 
county judge of Chenango co., N. Y. 


5 Robert F., b 1S72, m 2i, Mrs. Grace 
O ven, dau of Owen 

6, 1882 

7 Gladys, 1884 

8 Gertrude, issi; 

/ 8 Beniamin F. Gladding, b 18.53, m jeiinia 
E.. dau of Ledyaru Co;)k. No i^-su,! 
Senior in tie Cila lilmg Cordagj and 
Fish Tackle pi int, S. OtsUic, Chenango 
co.,N. Y. 

/■ 9 John Edward GI idding, b KS.'ifi, m Is-idora 
dau of John F. Dickc.ison. Coinme-- 
cial traveler, residence, N. Y. 

9 Dickenson 
10 Donald 

No. 8, genoration 8 Edward and 
Mary's group of grandchildren. 

J 1.5 Jesse G. Gladding and Lizzie Potter 
were m 1869. J"sse b 1848. Commer- 
cial traveler. All of B itol, R. I. 

11 Willia'.n E., h May 22. 1871, di 1S80 

12 Ed.vard P., Dec. 14, 1872 

13 (lertrude J.. Dec. 19. 1874, m George E. 
Brown, Dec. 27, 1897 

No. 9. generation S John. Julia and 
Caroline's group of grandchildren. 

/ 10 Charles Gladding, b Jan. 29, 18.50, m Eli- 
ZH Ann, dau of Rufus Durfee. Fish 
and oyster dealer. All oi Bristol, R. I. 
16 Louis C., b Oct. 11, 1879 

/ 20 Frederick Gladding, 
m Mrs. 

No. 1.5, Benjamin F. and Maria's 
group of grandchildren. 

f 24 Thomas Stantial Gladding, A. M. 

Brown University graduate. M Clar- 
issa E., dau of Wiliard Savles, Esq., of 
Providence, R. 1. Member of the tirm 
of Stillwill & Gladding, analvtical and 
consulting chemists, corner of Clifl' and 
Fulton St., N. Y., residence Montclair, 
19 Wiliard Savles, only child, died Oct. 19, 
1897, in his 19th year. 

No. 17. generation 8 George W. 
Ghidding and Sarah's group of grand 

f "7 AUred E. Gladding, A. M., supt. schools 
East Liverpool, O., b Feb. 6, 1851, m 
1st Mary Lila, dau of Andrew and Bell 
Sifte:, Dec. 24.1879. Shed Aug. 1,1880; 
m 2d, Mary Kate, dau of Andrew and 
Mary Macall, nee llagar Bentz, Aug. 
19, 1853 
20 Alfred Bentz, b Jan. 14, 188.5 
"1 Eila May. julv 18, 18S9, d May 20, 1891 
22 Oscar .Shay, Mar. 14, 1892 

No. in. generation 8 Charles Giles 
and Grace's grandciiildren. 

f 31 Charles Benjamin Gladding, b Oct. 25, 
1846, m 

In early life Mr. Gladding began hunt- 
ing, trapping, and trading with the In- 
dians ot Minnesota and Nebraska. 

{Tenth Generation.) 

About '79- 'SO, m a lady of Lake City, 
Mill., and soon located at Saniee Ageii- 
cy, Neb., where he established a gener- 
al repair business and variety store, lor 
indiaii trade 

•23 Garry G., b 1881 

24 Henry Coggeshall, b March, 1891 

/ Julius Gladding, b 1850, d 1S8-2, m Agnes 

Pharmacist, Albany, N. Y. 

2.5 Grace, 1879 
26 Dudley, 1882 

No. 23, generation 8 James N. and 
Maria's group of grandchildren. 

/' 36 William Henry Gladding, 

m Emma, dau of Hiram Zoiaster, cf 
Milwaukie, Wis., machinist, b at Prov- 
idence, R. I., Mar. 1, 1862 

27 Nellie, b 189^ 

28 George A., b 1894 

/ 37 Joseph Turner Gladding, b Oct. 4, 1863, 
m July 2, 1898, Mrs. Mary Bell, widow 
of Daniel Cameron and dau of David 
and Catherine Germain, of Prince Ed- 
ward Island, b 1862. Decorator and 
paper hanger, Providence, R. 1. 

a Walter Chester Cameron, b 1886 


No. 26. generation 8 John and Rho- 
da's group of grandchildren. 

/ 42 Hiram D. Gladding, 

m Ann, dau of David and Anna Ward, 

29 Josephine 

30 "Rhoda A. 

31 Wilbur 

32 John D. 

33 Flora E. 


No. 42, generation 8 Allen I. and 
Abby's group of grandchildren. 

f 53 William F. Gladding, b Oct. 20, 1847, ra 
Anna Rogers Johnston 

Clerk, Oakland, Cal. 

y .55 Henry M. Sanborn, m Sarali E. Gladding 
Merchant, of Oakland. Cal 
a Abbie D. Sanborn, Dec. 21, 1879 
b Edgar M., Dec. 1, 1883 

/ 50 Theodore O. Gladding, july 7, 18.58, m 
Fiances, dau of Joseph and Mary Per- 
cy Betansul 

Accountant, Portland, Oregon 

34 Susan M. 

35 Allen H. 

36 Lauranoe Anita 

No. 44, generation S Charles B. and 
Lydla group of grandchildren. 

/ 61 Charles F. Gladding, b 

Residence, iiuckley, Almeida co., 

No. 46. generation 8 Capt. John A. 
C. and Elizabeth's group of grand- 

/ 04 1-2 Richard Smith Gladding, b Sept. 17, 
18.55, m July 15, 1886 Eunice, dau of 
Henry and Catherine M.ihnkin, 

Bristol, R. I. 

37 Catherine Elizabeth. Mar. IS, 1888 

38 Dorothy Ward well, Oct. 29, 1871; di 

39 Helen Lavinia, Jan. 19, 1893 

No. 47, generation 8 Capt. Samuel, 
Abby and Susan E. group of grand- 

f 69 1-2 William P. M. Gladding, • 

Descendants of the Seven Brothers : 
JOHN Branch. 


{Tenth Generation.) 

No. 68, freneration 8 William H. and 
Sophia's trroiip of grandchildren. 

/ 73 Judge William Jimes Gladdintj, b in N' 
Y. city, 1843, m Annetla B<iinL-t. bee 
pag-e 81 

Shetp"s Head Bay. 

40 Athenasie Pauline, b Apr, 8. 1871. m Fred- 

erick Lundy, of Sheep's He^id Bay 

a Athenasie F. F. Lundy Nov. 6, 1892 
/) Gladys Ruth, Oct. 4, 1894 

41 Josephine F., b Au^. .31, 1873, m Walter 

Lu idy. of She. ps Head B.iy 
c Nonnie Ad lina LaRosa, Oct. 1, 1896 

42 Wiltord B., Nov. G, 1876 

43 George H., di 

/ 7j Asa Wood Gladdina-, b 1847, d ag 30 yrs, 
m Laura, d.iu of Annias aiid Laur.i 

B ooklyn, N. Y. 
44 Sofa Laura, b LS(i3, di 
4.5 Walter M.irinus, b 1870 
46 William George, 1892, d ag 20 


No. 132. generation 8 Charles 
Mar}' group of grand children. 


/" 113 Charles Bird Gladding, 
m Abbie Mclntire 
47 Robert 


No. 146. generation 8 Nathaniel and 
Emily's group of grandchildren. 

/ 223 Charles Parker Gladding, b 18.5.5, m Em- 
ilv, dau of Tho.nas and Margaret Lee 

48 Evtline. b Dec. 18, 1893 

49 Ku:h, Au^. 20, 1895 

Eleventh Generation. 


Chenango Co. N. Y. Familj^ 

Children and grandchildren of Led- 
gard and Eliza Gladding Brown, of 
Pitcher. N. Y. 

f a Ralph Brown, b 18.59. m Libbie, dau of 
Aliiert Parks. Partner in the South 
O'silic Gladding Cordage and Fish 
Tac-^lt" plant. 

a Jessie Brown, b 1882 
b Nina, b 1887 

/ b Flora A. Brown and Holden B. Mathew- 
son, of Pharsalia, Chenango Co., N. Y. 
m Sept. 15, 18S6. Holden b May 9, 1805 
Flora A. b Feb. 24, 1865 

No issue 
Lumber dealer in the firm of M. D. 
Brorae & Co., Olyphant, Pa. 

No. 2, generation 9 S. James and 
Sally's gronp of grandchildren. 

f 1 Adon L. Gladding, b 1864, m Edith, dau 
of D. F. FrisbiV 

Residence and laundry business at 
Cortland, N. Y. 

/3 Ralph E. Gladding, b 1870, m Kittie, dau 
of Von B. Crain. 

Residence and laundrv business at 
Norwich, N. Y. 

No. 15. generation 8 Benjamin and 
Maria grand and great grandchildren. 

Names other than Gladding— 

Howard A. Stillwill. son of Charles and 
Elinbeth Gladding Stillwill. m Sept. 
23, 1897, Eugenia M., dau of Frank and 
Eugnia Field Foster, of Riverside, 
Gill, Mass. 
Eleventh Generation : 

a Elizibeth Mildred Stillwill, b at Gill, 
Aug. 10, 1899 

No. 75, generation 9 Asa Wood and 
Laura's group of grandchildren. 

/ 45 Walter Marinus, b 1870, m Hanoi Pris- 
cilla, dau of Samuel B. and Elizabeth 
Bostwick Brown. 
S city delivery, P. O., Brooklyn 

1 Hariot Ethel, 1893 

2 Gsrtrude Laura, 1873 



John Gladding came from Enoland to Plj-mouth colony in the year 
1G40. The same year he settled on what was called Bristol Neck, in the 
state of Khode Island. He was. then about twenty years of age. 



1 John Gladding 
■2 Sarah 

.5 John Gladding' 
G Eb^ntzer 
7 Mary 
S Joseph 
9 William 

3 Ebenezer 
i Phehe 


10 Martha 

11 Jonathan 

►12 lames Gladding 
'l:? "Sarah 


14 John Gladding- 

15 Charles 

16 Daniel 
rn Martha 
-18 George 

19 Samuel 
•20 Phebe 
21 Mary 

22 Samuel Gladding 

23 Joseph 

24 Gary 

25 Jonathan 

26 "Peter 

27 Priscilla 
'28 David 
*29 Henry 

30 Stephen 

44 John Gladding 

45 Josiah 

46 "Peter 

47 Martha 
i4S Daniel 

49 Martha 

50 Mary 

51 Solomon 
.t2 Joshua 


31 John 

32 Benjamin 

33 Eb nezer 

34 Nathaniel 

35 Alice 




36 William 

37 Solomon 

38 Jonathan Gladding 

739 Nathanii_l 
40 Tinv.thy 
41 Benjamin 


'42 James Gladding 
43 Samuel 


53 Samuel Gladding 

.54 Nathaniel 
-f ^55 George 
-JL"hQ Mary 

57 John 

.58 Lillis Gladding 
1 't '>'^ Josepli 
JLJLco Gary 

61 Samuel 






62 Tosejjh Gladding 

63 "Sarah 

64 Rhoda 

65 Hear)- 

66 Elizabeth Gladding 
/ "^"^ Joseph 
J-*-^f)S Heniy 
69 John 

69 William Gladding 

70 Joseph 

71 Ebenezer 

72 Charles 



73 Hannah 

74 Stephen 

75 Jeremiah 

76 Thomas 

77 Maliy 


S Esther Gladding 
(9 Solomon 


80 Allen Gladding 

81 Jonathan 

82 Phehe 

83 Sus in 

84 Benjamin 

85 Ahiuail 

86 Sarah 

87 John 

88 Sarah Gladding 

89 Maiy 

90 Betsey 
rj.'9l Hannah 
4 92 Warren 

93 Nathaniel 

94 Jonathan 

95 "Hale 

96 Nathaniel Gladding rst 

97 Nathaniel 2d 

98 Timothy 

99 Nancy 

100 John J. 

101 "Betsey 

102 Sarah G. 













-* ^104 Sylvania Gladdiny 
-XOlO.i Lvdia 

10(i G'jorye \V. 

107 Nicliohis B. 

108 Svlv.inia id 

109 Harriet 

I St 



110 Sally Gladding 
HI PoUv 
11-2 Bttsey 
11:! Henrietta 
114 B-iij imin 
11.") Ans.rebS 
110 Jos ph 
117 Willu.m 

118 Anstrcss id 

119 I.ydia 

120 Emma 

1'21 David Gl: 
12-2 Sally 
1'23 Tliirsia 
124 Elizabeth 
<)yjI2.i Solomon 
^»'"l2() Joanna 

127 Onstras 

128 Dolly 

129 Samuel 

130 Mariuni 



131 John G adding 

132 H mnah 

133 Lucretia ist 

134 Si.iniu;! 

<> -*13.") Richard ist 
f^ J- 130 Benj Linin 

137 Po iy 

138 Richard 2d 

139 Rebecca 

140 Sarah 

141 Lucretia 2d 

142 Ezra Gladding 

143 josiah 

144 Polly 
OOll'' Joseph 
/^^IK; Timothy 

147 Susan 

148 John 

149 I:'m.-s 

150 Daniel S. 

lol Nancv Gladding 

152 Polly 

153 Sus in 

154 Nathani 1 

155 Phjbe 
15(> Daniel 

157 Peter 

158 Sallv 

159 Patty 


100 I.ydia Gladding 

161 Hannah 

1(52 Solomon 
<>^1(53 Sarah 
/V5ri(U Joshua 

105 George ist 

160 Abi .ail 

167 George 2d 

168 Samuel Gladding 

169 Philip 
Q /tl70 Adalize 
/Vt>171 Betsey 

172 Nathaniel 

173 Samusl Gladding ist 

174 Elizab-lh 

175 John 

176 Mary 




«>/J177 Joseph S. 
^^^178 George G. 

179 Nathaniel D. 


180 Samuel 2d 

181 Samuel 3d 

182 Eliza Gladding 

^^183 Sarah 
^ 4 184 Henry 

185 Susan 

186 John 



187 John Gladding 

18S "Phebe 


189 Edward M. 


0^190 Henry 
/^<y\S)\ B_tsey 


192 Thomas 


193 Joseph 


194 William O. 

195 Joseph Gladding 

196 William 
OfJ197 Ebnezer 
'^♦>'l!t8 D )rcas 

199 Jo-iah 

200 Simeon 

^^201 Betsey 


202 Hannah Gladding 

203 Sally 

204 William Gladding 

205 Betsev 

206 S:imuel 

207 Solomon 
»rt208 Elizabeth 
►/V-209 lohn 

210 "Walter ist 

211 Abigail 1st 

212 Walter 2d 

213 Abigail 2d 


214 Susan Gladding 

215 Kinsley C. 
2H'. Abigail ist 
217 Mary S. 











218 Chnrlotte C. 

219 Abigail 2d 


•220 Josinh G. Gladding 


221 I.ouisa 

222 Henrv G. 


323 Elizibeth 

224 lohn C. 


22o Benjamin C. 


22G M iry 

327 Marajaret 

228 Allen 

229 Joseph 


30 Ruth Gladdin.if 


231 Abraham S. 

232 Mar}a 

233 Hann:ih 

234 Jarvis E. 
23.1 Lydia 
236 Ann 


^V237 Jonathan Gladding 


2.38 Marv Ann Gladding 

239 Thomas D. 

240 Martha P. 

241 Jonathan 

242 Charles 

243 James W. 


244 Millicent P. Gladdint 
24.') Marianii 
240 Elizabeth 
247 Marv 

48 I-ihii P. 
240 "H-^nry B. 




2.50 Royal P. 
2.'jl Benjamin O. 
2.'>2 Susan P. 
2.')3 AlminiD. 
2.54 Ohiey D. 

2.'i.5 Georg.' W. Gladdint 
2.i(; John J. 
i2ri7 Clarissa J. 
2.)8 Olive B. 
2.")9 Edward 



2(i0 Geoge F. Gladding 
301 Rtb cca A. 
362 Benjamin H. 

203 Jane H. 

204 J oh II 41 . 
20.5 Jamrs W. 
200 l.vdia Ann J. 

207 Harriet L. 

208 Nathaniel I. 

209 Mjnroe H. 

270 Melvin A. 

271 Charles W. 

373 Marv H. Gladding 
273 James W. 

374 Caroline W. 

375 Anna 

376 Charles W. 

377 Ellen R. ist 

378 Franklin W. 
279 Ellen R. 2d 



280 John B, Gladding 

281 Onslow 
383 Marietta 

yi Q2S3 Julietta 
*«-*284 Susanna 

385 William B. 

386 Catherine E. 



287 Tnhn Gladding 

288 Edward T. 

289 Lvdia 

390 B'enj imin 

391 Hannah 

392 Samuel 

393 Rachel 
294 Stephen 
395 James N. 

396 Eunice Gladding 

297 Allen I. 

298 Samuel ist 

299 Richard S. 
;^;-100 John 

«-'.301 Edmond 

303 Gilbert R. 
.303 'Samuel 2d 

304 Martha J. 

305 Mary I. 










306 Emily Gladding 
.307 Tt-remiah 
308 Ezra 


Amanda Gladding 




Joseph H. 







/ 310 


















323 Timothy C. Gladdint; 

,334 Gcorae W. 

325 Rujina 

.336 Samantha 

327 lohn 

.338 Daniel P. 

339 Charlotte 

3.30 Ann C. S. 

331 Freeman Gladding 





:B2 Timothv A. 



James M. 


J oil 11 




Henry L. 




George \V. 


Frances E. 


390 Philip 

391 Benjamin 

340 Russell R. Gladdina: 

341 J S-. ph 
34-2 Sallv 

,'»'/i'!43 Marv 
 >T^844 M ^rvin 

345 Marquis 

346 James 

347 Nancy 

348 Lucy G'adding 

349 Marv ist 
3.")0 James 
3ol I'iniothy 

■^ -f'Abi Sr>plironja 
f > A :;-,3 Mary 2d 

354 Lafayette 

355 Priscilla 

356 Lucretia 

357 Maria / 

358 Jane 

359 Edward E. Gladding 
,*'«>360 Henrv 

^^361 Francis 

362 Nathaniel Gladding 

363 lonathan P, 

364 John 

365 Nancy P. ist 

366 Josiah 

X Q'^*'" S'isan W. I St 
«>0;{(;s Hannah H. 

369 William F. 

370 Susan W. lA 

371 Lvdia K. 
37-2 Nancv P. 2d 

373 Pet r Gla-lding 

374 D iniel \V. ist 

375 losiah 

376 "Daniel \V. aJ 
■^ #377 Dorethy ist 

»>"»-37S H nry W. 

379 Joseph A. 

380 Dorothy id. 

381 Sallv 

382 Henrietta 

383 John Q_ A. 

T 'T'^'^* Edward Gladdii.g 
,j'/?385 Elizabeth L. tJladding 

386 Betsey Gladding 
!I87 Martha 
/VSPrt Nathaniel 








392 Marv E. Gladdinir 

393 Susan C. ist 
Phebe A. - 

396 Susan C. 2d 

,•'(0394 Ph 

397 Nathaniel T. Gladding 

398 Eonora E. 

399 Leonora 

400 William F. 

401 Josephine A. 1st 
/f O^'^ Josephine A. 2d 

•->«/403 John T. F. 

404 susan T. 

405 Elisha 11. 

406 Chailes A. 

407 Frank K. 

408 Phene S. 


409 Samuel Gladding 

410 Sarah R. 

411 Fiank R. 

412 Charles F. ' 

413 John R. 

{}j[i^i John 11. Gladding 

415 William 11. Gladding 
0416 John H. 
■»'417 Abby A. 

418 Phebe A. Gladding 

419 Edward 
/* O420 John 
V«^421 Henrv 

4'2-2 Marlin 

423 Thomas 

424 Joseph G. 




425 Susan Gladding 
421; Hariiel 
427 William J. 


tJ 4 Z: 

;89 Samuel 

428 Esther A. Gladding 

429 Francis 

430 Klizibeth 

431 Maltha 

432 Sophia 
» ,"r433 ReLiecca 

434 Mary 

435 .Alexander 

436 Geo r lie 

437 Christopher 

438 Oliver 

439 Nicholas 



440 Martha A. Gladding ist 

441 Ellis 

442 Stephen iSt 

443 John 

444 St phen 2d 

445 Martha A. ad 

446 Ann 

447 Maria 




448 AVilliani H. Gladding 
lyWd Elizabeth 
/ 450 Ann 


451 Mary K. Gladding 

452 Clmflotte A. 


453 Tulia R. 

454 "John C. 

455 Samuel S. 


456 William H. Gladding 

457 Samuel S. 

458 CI irissa 
45!) Edward L. 

460 Theodore ist 

461 Ellen M. 

yi461 Theodore 2d 
/ "46-2 Vlarium M. 

463 Arthur 

464 J mes 

465 Charles 

466 Giorge 

467 Elizabeth 

■168 William Gladding- 
/y -fim Samuel 
t -*-470 Solomon 

471 John 

/*'Q472 Catherine M. Gladding 
/ -^473 Frederick W. 

/y 0474 William B. Gladding 
/*5475 Augusta 

'y ^Wy Louisa F. (Jladding 

477 Anna E. Gladding 
'*' >T478 Sus m C. 
4 t>47i) William B. 

•^/JISO Marv T. Gladding 
4 t#4sl Frank 

482 Thomas C. (iladding 

483 Abraham S. 
'y/%'484 Nathaniel B. 
/ / 485 Maria 

486 Ann F. 

487 Ebenezer 




488 Nathaniel Gladding 

489 Jarvis E 

490 Thomas W. 

/y C491 

Jolin F. 

Williim N. 


Edward W. 




Marium B. 

496 Thomas D. Gladding 




Ma y 


John N. 


L:\\\ a F. 
Anna E. 


Albert A. 


Helen M. 


Harri -t F. 


Sarah E. 


506 Reuben H. Gladding 
|507 Francis 
508 Edmond 


509 Julia D. Gladding 
O •/510 Maiy A. 
C'-tall James R. 


512 Eoomis H. Gladdinu 
0513 Emily 

514 Mary G. 

515 Benjamin O. 


516 Elizabeth E. Gladding 

517 Howard R. 

518 Harriet R. 

519 George E. Gladdint 

520 Clarissa O.J. 


521 Saallv E. Gladding 

522 Saiah E. 

523 Emma A. 


524 Jennie l^ Gladding 

525 Marv Ann A.  

526 Harriet L. 


527 G = orge W. Gladdii 

528 |ohn H. 
/%'529 'lames W. 

530 Frederick E. 

531 Nelson A. 


532 Martha T. Gladding 

533 Anstress T. 
O C534 James C. 

t?<-'535 Rachel T. 
536 John A. 

537 Timothy N. Gladdini; 

538 Janus H. 

539 Edward S. 

540 John 




/)41 Mary K. 

542 Hannah \'. 

543 Charles M. 

544 Susan M. 

545 Sarah 

346 Benjamin F. Gladding 

547 Hittiann A. 

548 George W. 

549 Eleanor 




fl^i.V)0 Charles G. Gladding 
♦>'^.i51 Henrv C. 

55-2 Mari-Jtta 

5.")3 Angenctte 

554 James X. 

ooH Lydia J. 

556 John Gladdin^r 

557 Samuel 





f^ ■<55'^ I.ydia 

)59 Anstrcss 
5G0 Jostphine 

501 Lucretia J. Ghidding 
5()2 luliaT. 

563 Rachel 

564 James N. 

565 Sarah C. 
fi«>566 Alzady 
»-'^>''567 Frankcv 

568 Ada 

569 Ellen 

570 D iniel 

571 Benjamin 

572 Allen I. Gladding 

573 William R. 

574 Charles B. 

575 Martha E. 
fi0576 John A. C. 
*'*^yi~ Samuel 

57.S Theodore O. 

579 Henry D. 

580 George T. 

608 James Y. Gladding 
fJO609 Anna M. 
*J*Ji\\Q Francis 

611 John 

612 Charlotte A. Gladdini 

613 Eineline C. 
Y fkfk^'^M Rosetta 

J- fJfJiWf, Charles S. 

616 Khoda 

617 Joseph 

618 James X. 

619 George \V. 
1 fl 7620 Edward J. 

J- "^ 621 D. Piatt 
622 Carry 


OG23 Charles D. Gladding 
■VG24 Mary E. W. 

625 James F. 

626 Lucv A. 




_2 ^^627 Mary E 



81 Elizabeth Gladding 
582 Emily 

5S3 Ann E. Gladding 

584 Charlotte 

585 William H. 

586 Susan S 

587 Hinrv R. 
")88 Ii-ene'W. 
5.M) Samuel B. 

590 Frederick A. 

591 Francis B. 

628 William H. 

629 Charles S. 

-1 fk/ij'M Frank H. Gladding 
JL fj^au Harriet E. 

632 Carrv Gladding 
I •'633 Charles F. 
»^634 Jessie E. 
635 Edward L. 

036 Sarah J. Gladding 


1 fhfl*>''' Lucinda 

592 Sarah E. Gladding 

593 Ma y B. 

f »/*")94 Samuel E. 
«/W595 William L. 
596 Charles H. 


597 Harriet Gladding 

598 Will am J. 

599 Edward W. 

600 Sophia M. 
/*-601 Horace 

/ 602 Israel S. 

603 Cornelia L. 

604 Joseph R. 

605 Lvdia C. 

606 Walter V. R. 

9S^^ Josephine Gladding 


638 Malvina 

639 Cynthia 

640 Tohn CJladding 
/*-041 Marv 

/ 642 Charles 

643 George 

644 Ruth 

y ^ «D645 George H. Gladding 

'646 Nathaniel 

647 Mary A. Gladding 


'649 Olive 

650 Mariam Gladding 

y //lfj-"'l John W. 

(j52 Susan 

653 Malenthan 

654 Thomas S. Gladding 

655 Abby H. ist 


•< -< y656 Josiah 

657 Abby H. 2d 






Frank J. 
Susan W. 

Willi:<m O 
D:inifl H. 


/^6H-2 Charles J. 
663 Peter R. 



Mary A. Gladding 

-f •/ Q666 Sarah E. 
_I.-*.»>(;(;7 Ellen S. 

668 Daniel W. 

669 Daniel P. Gladding 
-t -f J_l>'() Geiirgianna Gladding 


672 Catherine D. Gladding 


1 •//?67.3 Harriet G. Gladding 
U.JLfJ(i-;i William H. 


675 Abhv A. Gladding 

676 Alby F. 
-^677 Frank H. 
/ 678 Telluah A. 

679 Ann F. 
6S0 Minnie R. 

681 Arthur B. Gladding 

682 Edith E. 
-/ -/ JD6S3 Louisa L. 

-«.-*- 06S4 Charles E. 
6S5 Marv A. 

686 Benjamin B. 

687 John Gladding 1st 
■/ 7 fi'''^** '"''" C.l idding 2d 

-t -t »>'6S9 William A. 

690 Henrv Gladding ist 

691 Emeline R. 

-/ *>/^692 P.-rcival G. adding 
-L/^fJ(y.)?, Hattie E. 

694 Henry 2d 

695 Lillie L. 

696 Henry J- Gladding 


697 Romeo 

698 Gertrue ist 

699 (Jertrue 3d 

700 Fannie 

701 Edward M. 

702 Renar Gladding 

TOO703 Sidney B 

704 Ida R. 

705 Hattie M. 



Mary E. Gladdidg 
Charlotte A. 

70S Julia R. Gladding 
" " John C. 

Samuel S. 
ni Harrison 

-f O .# 709 John C 
-1.^3:710 ^ 

712 Samuel P. Gladding ist 

713 Frank 

714 Benj imin 

715 George T. ist 
5'716 Sarah 
/V«>717 Gorge T. 3d 

718 George N. 



Samuel P. 2d 
Frederick U. 
Clarence E. 
Anna A. 

722 Juliet F. Gladding 

723 Annie A. 

724 Mary E. 

725 Sarah F. 1st 

-f Q/?726 Emilv P. 
J-f^rf--!- Sarah F. 2d 

728 Casandra P. 

729 Charlotte Y. 

730 Thomas E. 

731 William H. Gladding 
832 (_ vnthia A. 
733 Frank H. 
Walter E. 

7 *> T''^-*^ Walter E. 
JLn^ 4 735 Thomas C. 


Nellie A. 
Louis A. 

•/ «> CT38 Ellen F. Gladding 
JL n^ <J -^ii. Emma 

739 Elizi A. 

740 Squire J. 

741 Marv J. 

742 Albert F 



y-4(>fl743 C vnthia A. 
-t.'V'»j^744 NancieC. 

745 Rose A. 

746 Benj im in F. 

747 John E. 


i48 Susan H. Ghi 
49 Willi in J. 
750 Julia F. 



751 Elizabeth Gladding 

2"Q f752 Marv 
♦> J- 753 Jesse 

751 Louisa Gladding 
TrO#>755 Henrv 
-L*y n^ -:■,{■■, Chailes ist 

757 Charles 2d 

758 Frederick R. 

759 Elizabeth M. Gladding 

760 John H. 



703 Thomas S. 
764 Charles H. 

7*)5 Alice M. Ghiddiiisf 
1 *iA.''''> AUVed 
-*-♦-* *7()7 Sarah 

768 Hattie 

769 Mary 

7 •^.r770 Charles B. GladJinij 
-t»>»>771 Julius 

ll^f}'~- Emily E. Gladding 


773 Annette Gladding 
fyi'ii William 
• 77-5 Joseph 

l^S"^ Hiram D. Gladding 

]^^Q"' Ro^a F. Gladding 

778 Sarah E. Gladding ist 


7 J. ' / SOI James Gladding 

77!) Allen I. 

7S0 A I. by M. 

7-^1 William F. 
1 J.ff^'- Henry C. 
-*- ^'■'-'78:! Sarah E. at 

784 Theodore O. 

78.T Charles B. 

7S(i Richard S. 

J_4:l~'^~' ^"S'"' D- Gladding 

1 J.*>''^'^ Lvdia H. Gladding 
-*- ^*''-»' 780 Charles F. 

790 L-jonora F. Gladding 

791 Frederick F. 
7 J_ •>79-i M.irv C;. 

-«- '*'t>793 Richard S. 

794 Theodore O. 

795 Nellie V. 

96 Samuel Gladding 

97 Richard i 

98 Abby A. 

1 d.d.'^^' Richard A 

_/^J['799 Charles A. Gladding 
_2^^800 Susan Gladding 


Later Information. 

Charles Gladdin*?. No. 2. family 1, 4th creneration, son of John and 
Martha Gladduio:. and great grandson of the settler, was born in Bristol, 
July 10, 1719, on Friday. (See page 44.) 

The following data came too late for insertion in the proper order. 
Charles and Juditli children belong on page H, Fifth generation, next after 
family 1, John and Mary Drown family. 


John and Mary Drown Gladding 
gronp of of grandchildren. 

/ 2 Charles and Judith Cladding's children: 

9 1-2 Lvdii. h 0.;t 2. 174fi 

10 " Sarah, b June 3, 1747 

11 " Charles, b Dec. 4. 1748 

12 " (Jeoigre, b Sept. 10, 1750 
t'tVi " los-ph, b N.n-. S, 1752 

" 14 " Judith, b July 28, 1756 


Charles and Judith's group of 

/13 1-2 Joseph Gbiddin^. b Nov. S, 17.52, m 
Amanda, dan. of Capt. Nathaniel and 
.Susan Martin, of Bairington, R. I. 

37 1-2 William, b Oct. 19. 1779 
Cs:^^ " Judith, b Sept. 10, 17SI 
5;;;;39 " "CJeorife, b No. . 25, 1783 

40 " Nancv, b Jan. 9, !78(! 

41 " Joseph. 1st, b Mar. 28. 17SS, d asf 2 
5/;s42 " Jos.eph 2d, b Nov. 2, 1790 


Joseph and Susan gronp of grand- 

/ 13 1-2 Matthew and Judith Gladding^ Inora- 
ham's children. Judith, born Sept. 10, 
1781, died Apr. 9, 1846 

a William G. In^raham, b Ort. 2, 1801 

/} Matthew W. ist, b D c. (I, 1805 

c I.vdia M., b Auff. IS, 1808 

(/ Mary Ann, b Feb. 28, 1811 

/> Nancv \V., b Nov. 4. 1813 

/ .Matthew 3d, b Oct. 19, 1814 

f 14 12 G-orge Gladding, b Nov. 25, 1783, d 
Apr. 3, 1855, m Nancy, dau of Luther 

and Elizabeth Humphrey Martin, May 
13, 1810. Nancy, b Mar. 3, 1792, d ag 
84 y and 27 days. 

99 1 2 George ist, b July 2(5, 1814, d Nov. 2, 
5;";100 1-2 Georae A. 2d, b Aug. 0, 1822 

/ 17 1-2 Joseph and Mercy Bullock Gladding 
ni Mav 1814 

101 1-2 Jei-usha B-, b Feb. 20, 1815, m James 

B. Edsall, Apr. 20, 1S40 

102 " Emeline S., b St pt. 15, 1818, m E. P. 

Shaw, Au^. 27, 1843 

103 " Inseph N. 

104 " "Geoisre W. 

105 " Vial Allen 

106 " William Penn 

107 " Charles E. b 1833 


George and Nancy Gladding group 
of grandchildren. 

_/ 10012 George A. and Julia A. Drown Glad, 
ding m li'eb. 12, 1852. Ceo. d Dec. 28- 

173 1 2 Charlotte M. b Feb 14, 18i)4 

174 " Elizabeth H. b hept. 22, IS.'iS, d Sept. 

17, 1S56 
Cil75 Alvin M. b Mar. 1, 18.58 
%,a76 " George D. b Sept. 9, 1860 
5;;.a77 " Charles F. Oct 2, 1863 

178 " Uerirv D. b Dec. 25, 1865, d July 15, 
-5:P79 " Fannie D. b July 25, 1869 


George A. and Julia N. Gladding 
group of grandchildren. 

f 175 1-2 Alviu Mason and Grace Kage Rich- 
ardson Gladding in Oct. 23, 1885. 
Grace d Feb. 1893. Left no issue 

f 17() Georsre D. Gladdinu:, twice m : ist, 
Josephine C. Flagg, July 20, 1886 

231 12 Hope Mehldran, b June 14, 1889 

m 2d, Ardelia C. Dewing, Nov. 19, '9. 

f 177 l-'2 Charles Forist Ghidding and Carrie 
F. Place m Oct 8, 1889 


(Ninth Generation Continued.) 

232 1-2 Edward Edmund, h D;;c. 30, 1892 

f 179 Edward J. Brovvnell and Fannie D' 
Gladding, f)f' Barrington, R. I., m Dec 
27,1897. Bristol fnmily. 

a Charles DeWolf Brownell, b Jan. 15, '98 

The first Director}' of the City of Providence, issued b}' Brown & 
Danforth, in 1824, had, of the Gladding name — 

GLADDING, Allen, g:rocer. 11)0 South Main, 

Abraham S., shoe store, 27 Market, 67 Broad, 

Benjamin, wig-maker, 36 Weybosset, 104 Broad, 

George W., dry goods, 35 Cheapside, 7 Washington, 

Henry, clerk. 35 Cheapside, 

Jarvis E.. tailor, 12 Market Square, 52 Broad, 

John, grocer, chandlery, 105 South Water, 

John J. grocer, cor. Broad and Pawtuxet, 

Josiah G., Aborn, 

K. C, ornamental painter, 136 and 192 South Main, 

Mrs. Nancy, 46 Westminster, 

Nicholas B,. 35 Cheapside. Sliip, 

Timothy, tailor. 14 Westminster, 122 Broad, 

Mrs. Martha, dry goods. Transit. 


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